φCadeφ tinkers with a device on his desk, soldering a few things here and there and running a cable to his desktop. On the monitor is displayed a band of frequencies with fluctuating bars representing signal strengths. The display is not disimilar to many audio visualization programs, which of course is by design. If Cade is going to sit and watch signals it at least should
look cool. He did know a spell that would allow him to view the signals with his own senses, but that could at times be confusing, not to mention that it would not record the data. Still, if he felt the need to get a bit more immersive it was always an option. “Ok Hecatrix I think I’ve about got this little bugger working. So that only took…what…three burner phones and a walkie talkie
to get up and running? I do believe that means I win our bet. Ha!” He laughs as an emote pops up in the corner of his view feed that rolls its eyes and sticks its tongue out at him. “Alright, lets see what we can see, yeah?”
<Storyteller> The signals are feeding into the same network that calls itself “Rabbit-Hole” where they go from there so far is unknown without hacking that network.
φCadeφ frowns and drums the desk with his fingers. He hadn’t forgotten his encounter with that strange Alice girl that everyone else claimed not to know. It was clear that this Rabbit-Hole network was some seriously weird stuff, but then wasn’t just about everything in his life since Awakening? He sighs and pulls up several different programs on his other monitor. “Screw it.
Lets do this.”
<Storyteller> As Cade gets himself deeper into the network, he finds that it seems to have two seperate frequencies. One that the network connecting him and several others is on and then another part, which forms a complete channel, much like a CB radio. He is in the low range currently.
<Storyteller> The system issues a single warning as he starts to move into the complete channel. “Warning: Damage to sensory systems may result from proceeding.”
φCadeφ stops typing, his fingers hovering above the keyboard. “What in the world? Ok…that is more than a little disconcerting.” He stares at the screen for a long time, thinking. “Ok fine. Hecatrix, let’s get some defenses up just in case. We both know just how dangerous magically infused code can be.” He taps at the air and mutters an incantation, following the prompted
gestures and having Hecatrix run the incantations. “Ok that ought to help a bit. I hope.” He takes a deep breath and continues forward.
<Storyteller> As he moves into the channel fully his senses are overwhelmed by the system. He no longer sees a keyboard, or Hecatrix. The system itself opens up and he can see some semblance of inner workings but they make no sense.
<Storyteller> There are file folders and some of them say -dreaming or -active but he can’t seem to get them open.
<Storyteller> A voice seems to come from all around, yet distant. It is androgynous in tone. “You shouldn’t be here. You will damage your organizational systems. They aren’t equipped to handle this much information at once.”
φCadeφ grips his chair hard, but can’t seem to feel it. He stares in wonder, trying to piece together what he is seeing. As a whole it is beyond his ability to comprehend, and he can feel his mind straining against the torrent of information. As the voice echoes through his being he tries to center himself. “Can you parse it for me? Help me narrow it down to a reasonable
stream…something I can understand?”
<Storyteller> “No. I require it at this speed. Our systems are not currently compatible.”, the voice seems to grow slightly softer and more feminine. “But I can put you back. Perhaps in time you will become… more compatible.”
φCadeφ struggles to keep his thoughts straight, fascinated by whatever this thing is. “Yes…yes I don’t think I can take too much more. But…I do want to be more compatible. This is…beautiful. I want to be able to see it…to understand it. Do you know what I can do? How I can be compatible?” He winces a bit but forces himself to stay focused.
st “Interesting. I will consider this. I do not yet have enough data on the Cade file to make a decision.”, she says before he starts to regain his senses and is pushed out of the network. “I shall open the Alice or Dan file and see that the security is strengthened.”
φCadeφ gasps and coughs, his eyes wide as the normal world floods back in a round him. He holds his head in his hands for a moment, regaining his composure. Several missed messages flash on his view feed from Hecatrix. “I’m fine Hec just give me a minute.” Cade takes off the augmented reality glasses and sets them on the table, rubbing his eyes. “That was probably not my wisest
idea. But holy crap was it worth it.” He chuckles, eyes still closed and leans back in his chair, images of what he saw still flashing behind his eyes and the voice still echoing in his ears.
<Storyteller> A final message appears on the network before he loses the connection: “I am Saturn.”
φCadeφ rubs his eyes and scribbles down the name. “Saturn huh? Well Saturn…I’ll be seeing you again. Count on it.”
φCadeφ spends the rest of his night watching movies, still feeling a bit off from the experience but not at all displeased.