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(13:07)Arbiter: Alright, I've managed to gather more information about what Rasputin's done, and it's a bit of a surprise, to say the least. Gods tasked Rasputin with protecting the Satiricheskiy, using his knowledge of the latter's involvement with the Nauticus incident as leverage. I guess he was trying to play you two against each other. I knew this from the start, and it's why I thought you had set yourself up for failure by going to Rasputin for help, but it now seems that for some reason that cyan trickster has decided not to try and appease Gods. He's guaranteed that the attack will be a success of some description.
(13:07)OITHEOI: I know.
(13:08)OITHEOI: I asked him to do it... and I'm surprised that you'd get that one wrong.
(13:08)Arbiter: My source must have gotten confused.
(13:09)OITHEOI: And that's why I'm confused. I'd assumed you'd finagled information out of Rasputin directly, or had an accomplice do it. Since Rasputin doesn't lie, it surprises me that someone who'd spoken to him could misconstrue events so much.
(13:10)Arbiter: I'm not sure what you're implying.
(13:11)OITHEOI: Are you? Or are you trying to get me to react?
(13:12)Arbiter: My source got confused. That's all.
(13:13)OITHEOI: That doesn't speak highly of you.
(13:15)Arbiter: I know you take pride in avoiding collateral damage, unlike some of your associates. I too value human life. I think we both want this to go down with as few casualties as possible, correct? The crew of this ship have done nothing wrong, they just ended up caught in Gods' scheme. I want them spared, and I know that Rasputin's plan allows for the confrontation to end in a surrender on the Satiricheskiy's part. Shortly after the attack begins, the ship should surrender. I trust that I don't have to tell you, as a man of honour, that you should make no further efforts to attack the ship after this has taken place. If you want to meet Gods' demands of you (to "expunge" the ship) then you can do so by evacuating the crew, bringing them to shore, and destroying the Satiricheskiy once no one is aboard. No lives need to be lost.
(13:16)Arbiter: And again, I'm sure I don't need to tell you this since you take no pleasure from bloodshed, but attacking the crew of the destroyer beyond what is strictly necessary has the potential to turn Sonja against you, leaving you without an AI. I trust that those aboard the ship are correct to believe that if they surrender, they will all be able to return to land safely? If you give me your word that you won't harm them, I will give you the information I promised you concerning the spy.
(13:16)OITHEOI: I can't make any promises, since Gods may commit forces to force my hand, no pun intended. I'll do as you suggest, provided that it doesn't entail endangering my own forces... which, assuming your other operatives are more competent than your "source", it would be in your interests to ensure.
(13:17)Arbiter: I guess I'll take that.
(13:19)Arbiter: The one who calls himself DuckKingKarl is a spy. He's working for Pancake, and he seems to have developed an AI of his own. Sonja's AI (what's it called, Athena?) has the potential to do great things, and you'll definitely need it now that Eugene's got one too.
(13:19)Arbiter: And on the topic of Sonja, there's one more thing I should probably tell you. I heard a rumour recently that Pancake plans to kidnap her. Supposedly, it involves him and some of his cronies sneaking onto the moon. I think one of them was supposed to disguise themself as an IT engineer or something? I don't know, it's a pretty outlandish-sounding plan, but I figured I ought to tell you about it anyway. It's probably nothing, so I doubt it's worth telling Sonja about, but who knows, it might be worth checking out. It would really suck if you went through all this trouble to keep Sonja on your team (and save lives, of course) only for her to get kidnapped.
(13:21)OITHEOI: Well, you had me for a moment there, but this is where I stop taking you seriously.
(13:22)OITHEOI: That Pancake is hiding on the moon is no secret. The rest is vague alarmism and a blatant attempt to sow distrust in my ranks.
connection to net.thoien.secure lost!
/message MrE i'm sure you've figured out by this point that you're in danger. soon the satirical will be attacked. when that happens you must surrender immediately. its the only way to keep yourselves safe. you can't win the battle and if you don't surrender you will be destroyed. if you surrender you will survive. trust me on this. for your daughter's sake. there may be people who might also wish to kidnap you. i've heard talk that the satirical is carrying cargo that some people want and if no such inanimate cargo exists then the cargo is almost certainly yourself. surrendering will keep you alive but it might not protect you from kidnappers. if it is at all possible you might want to try to make arrangements to get off the ship before the attack happens. sooner is better than later. even sending this message to you might have tipped off the kidnappers so stay vigilant. be very careful. but know that if anything happens to you i will do everything in my power to help. that is all i can tell you. get off the ship. make sure the crew surrenders when the attack comes. and be on the lookout. good luck.
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(13:24)System: Incoming private message from MrE: Oh, to be young! Destabilizing things right now risks blowing up the universe. I wouldn't want to risk that... I'm far too set in my survivalist ways.
/message GodsOfOlympus endsoftime was generally pretty ordinary. open, friendly, funny. if they were working on anything unusual, they never gave away any sign of that to me.
For what it's worth, he's unbanned now. You'll owe me, and please don't try to reply. He'll see it.