Alvuryin Ekkatran - The desert, part 2

There are a little more than seven hundred of us in this enclave. None of us have ever really visited a desert, though we knew they existed in theory. If we had ended up in a forest, or even a savannah, I'm sure the hunters would be right at home...

The one thing this location does have is the [System]. So I guess we'll have to use it as much as we can.

I just went and had a talk with some mages and hunters. I had to explain the idea of condensation to them; it's so simple that no one had thought of using it in that manner. The hunters quickly thought up a [canvas] sheet covering a hole and a receptacle for water. While it's not as efficient as [magic], anyone can do it, so I believe it will supplement our other measures quite well.

After this I need to poke Jedditor about giving more details on the [System]. I don't think he understands that giving information can be a good thing. It's like he has an instinct for secrecy. As Research Director, I find it frankly astonishing.

I guess I haven't given much information either, but I've got a lot on my mind!


Help?

- by Kender at Sun, 21 Oct 07 14:14:41 -0400

We were given to understand that Jedditor thought you wanted help and that he asked the system for help. Now we are here to help, so the system seems to work. What is unclear to us though, is what kind of help it is that you want. Could you explain your situation and problems in some more detail so that we may figure out some way to provide the requested help?


Introductions are in order.

- by Smoothwun at Mon, 22 Oct 07 02:26:14 -0400

Well before we can help we need to know what to call each other. We obviously know your name, Alvyurin. My name is Michael. Im not as experienced in this technical system language that Jedditor is talking about, but I do have a question for you, that no one has thought to ask. Seeing as though the reason you are in this desert is because of an "Exile", could you possibly give us a brief explanation as to what this "Exile" is? All we know is what the query results led us to. The message: "We are the Exiles. Time after time have we fled danger and persecution to find another world upon which to settle." This message appears to come from an Exile. Did you know of this? Or am I being slow and dont realize that YOU guys are the Exiles...? Another question I have for you is, what exactly is the "Lions Den"? Thank you Alvyurin. I look forward to helping you guys in any way I can. Michael (Sm00thwun)


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- by Alvyurin Ekkatran at Mon, 22 Oct 07 03:34:42 -0400

Michael, huh? Curious...I guess people in different societies really do have other names.

Yes, we are the Exiles. Jedditor tells me he's working on getting the rest of the Books translated. That will explain everything. I don't recognize that description you quoted, I guess Jedditor wrote it.

"Lions Den"? I don't know what that is either.


Regarding the Lions Den

- by <anonymous> at Mon, 22 Oct 07 22:33:22 -0400

In reference to the Lions Den, the message that Kender decoded went as follows... Enjoying the stories huh? We thought you'd have figured it all out by now and found the message in the hexagons But hey, one way or another we'll get you working for us Signed: Your friends in the lion's den. If Jedditor wrote the Exiles Query that we found, then he most likely wrote this one too. Im interested in knowing where your civilization is located right now. We do not have mages here on Earth. We have scientists. We are currently in the age of technology, where most peoples beliefs lie more in machines than in magic. People who do believe in supernatural forces are considered strange, and non-conforming by our mainstream society. It would be interesting to see how we would interact with each other, if we were ever faced with such a situation. Enough about us though, you are the ones who need the help. So, how fares the moisture gathering? I hope all is well. We are working on a puzzle your query spit back at us. Using the query PUZZLE brought us to a picture, or many pictures actually. 14 in all. These pictures are outlined by many numbers. 104 to be exact. But as for the pictures, there appears to be a 9 by 9 grid that resembles the MAGIC SHELL GAME that your query also led us to, along with the books Jedditor has translated for us. You wouldnt happen to know anything about this puzzle, would you? Any info you had would be helpful at this point. We're sort of stumped. I look forward to hearing from you again, um, may I call you Alvy? Well as I said before, I hope all is well. Until we speak again, Michael


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- by Alvyurin Ekkatran at Tue, 23 Oct 07 03:15:44 -0400

I would prefer Alvyurin, thanks, Michaela.

The topic of science is a little hard to talk about because we don't have many shared reference points. From what I've learned of your science, you have something called the scientific method. And we have that too. But our science has yielded insights into many areas. What we call [magic] is a specific type of energy that can be shaped by [sentient?] minds. Maybe you call it something else, I don't know. It's used a lot in our society and I don't think we could survive without it. Certainly not in this [expletive] desert!

The real problem is that to manipulate energy you need energy. A [mage]'s life force provides some, but...we don't have any sources of energy here and it's making it hard to do anything.

Well, I shouldn't be whining at you. Thanks for your effort.

You should just forget about the lion stuff.


Energy

- by vidstudent at Tue, 23 Oct 07 15:28:46 -0400

If you're looking for a source of energy, try that heat beating down on you. I'm not sure what you have technology-wise for harnessing solar energy, but it's readily available in a desert so long as sandstorms aren't persistent.


What kind of desert?

- by onceuponanever at Tue, 23 Oct 07 16:27:27 -0400

Alvuryin, could you explain to us a little more what sort of desert you're in? Sandy, rocky, mountainous, etc. It might give us more ideas on how to help you. -Alex


How many Suns?

- by Michael (Smoothwun) at Tue, 23 Oct 07 20:32:19 -0400

The Sun is definately a good source of energy Alvyurin. I am curious as to how many Suns are effecting you during the day? We have one, but if you have more then youre far worse off than we thought. Then again, it could be a blessing in disguise, if you have te resources to harness the solar energy. Also, another source of energy could come from the wind. I would Imagine it could get pretty windy, before, during, and after a sand storm. Windmills are excellent ways to harness the energy provided by wind. Hopefully these suggestions help you, and allow your mages to take some weight off of their shoulders. Now, I believe you asked us what was the closest we have to your mages, here on Earth. I would have to say those would probably be called Pychics. Seeing as though we Humans can only use about 10 percent of our brains, there are a small portion of us that are able to tap into an unknown area of the brain, causing them to see things that they havent seen with their own eyes. Occasionally, they are called upon to solve a murder that has gone cold. Other times they are asked to contact a deceased love one, on the other side, meaning they can communicate with the spirit realm. They refer to their power as a gift. I personally believe, after hearing about your mages, that we may be just a step behind you in the evolutionary ladder. These pychics could possibly be an early evolutionary stage of your mages. No way to be certain at this point, though. Oh, and Alvyurin - something has been shown to us recently and I have to ask you... do you know of something called CHAOSEED? or maybe its CHAOS SEED? Also, I wanted to ask you if you also knew what MYSQL is. Thank you for your time and I hope everything goes well in constructing the solar panels and/or windmill. Michael.


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- by Jedditor Lebbisun at Wed, 24 Oct 07 03:08:33 -0400

i know the system is connected to a lot of [devices] in your world. i think the mysql and the chaoseed are part of those. thats so far out of what i know about that i cant do anything about it though.

alvyurin is really excited about the [energy] from the sun. shell have to get back to you. heh.


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- by Rahshale at Tue, 06 Nov 07 23:25:31 -0500

"But hey, one way or another we'll get you working for us Signed: Your friends in the lion's den."

This seems to suggest that this "Lion's Den" is important. An agency of some sort? Military? Secret book club?


ssc

- by Jedditor Lebbisun at Tue, 06 Nov 07 23:56:29 -0500

i wanted to tell you guys but alvyurin said it wasnt a good idea. i guess...well i really dont want to unless she gives permission. she thinks its all our problem and shouldnt be your problem but youve already gotten involved in our problems...hm hm hm...


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- by <anonymous> at Sun, 11 Nov 07 16:11:19 -0500

It seems even more important now for you to tell us what you know about the ssc, the lion, and the lion's den. It may give us a vital clue in solving this riddle


hmmm

- by Jedditor Lebbisun at Sun, 11 Nov 07 20:29:38 -0500

they seem pretty sincere, alvyurin...hmmmmmmmm...


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- by Alvyurin Ekkatran at Mon, 12 Nov 07 04:03:32 -0500

Fine, I don't [expletive] care, do whatever you want. Not like I could stop you anyway.


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- by Jedditor Lebbisun at Mon, 12 Nov 07 04:04:35 -0500

aw, dont be like that alvyurin...

anyway ill post about it in my blog.


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- by <anonymous> at Wed, 28 Nov 07 15:42:51 -0500

1807979


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- by Jedditor Lebbisun at Fri, 30 Nov 07 03:01:06 -0500

say what now?


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