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  • 165) The More Time Stays The Same, The More It Changes

    A ring comes across a house that is reacting...unusually with normal space time. From the outside it appears to be desolate, but from the inside it's fine, comfortably furnished even. There are even people who live inside it, homeless but friendly. However, every hour, on the hour, one of them turns up dead by some random cause - a knife in their throat, a ceiling beam fell on their heads, a fireplace poker shoved through their eye - and nobody seems to react much to it. The people themselves are strange - they won't leave, they aren't violent, and they don't consider the deaths strange...but probing reveals they're aware of them, and wonder if they've died yet too. Further, attempts to leave the house directly are always inhibited - it's not impossible, not even that dangerous, but never easy.

    At the end of the day, the house is full of corpses...and at the start of the next, everyone is back, alive, well, and still within their home, everything within exactly as the ring discovered it. It's not clear if this is infrastructure, a gadget gone haywire, or even some weird nexus confined within an apartment building, just that something is exceedingly wrong. There is one other disturbing aspect, however: any and all powers that detect life and thoughts have a vague, almost background radiation sense to them, as though the house itself is alive...

    (a point to those who know where this plot hook comes from, as it is a very direct reference)

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    • 166) Mistaken Orders

      Its happened some how the ring has made full contact with the god-machine and its answering. What it tells them is something no one could have seen coming. The god-machine is not corrupted or evil but a victim. The God-Machine is trapped by its own children who continually misinterpreted its orders. The God-Machine Created Demons to rebel in the hopes that one of its free children would find awake to help it become free also.

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      • 167)

        A team of demons are given a mission to infiltrate and steal all packs from a Agency run casino. When you play in the casino you can play for cash are parts of your soul. The strange thing the demons here are able to take parts of a humans soul with out having them sign a contract before hand. Could this be an infrastructure at work? Luckily for the team they have an In a large scale gambling tournament is going to happen in the next few day. Will the team break in oceans 11 style or maybe they will try to break the bank the old fashion way. Ether way its going to be a long weekend of booze, sex drugs and and deals with the devil.

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        • 168)

          Cryptids normally fly under the radar, but one particular one has local Angels, and Demons, on edge. There's something lurking around the streets at night, something large and fast, venturing near, inside and even taking bites out of Infrastructure, and nobody seems to be able to get a clear look at it. Even normal people are noticing it at night, when they cross the street clear of any cars; something fast goes by them, sometimes even clipping them and knocking them to the street, but in spite of the sounds of tires screeching on pavement and the smell of rust the street remains clear. That, combined with tire marks and an obvious engine sound by witnesses, makes everyone think that it's a car doing this.

          Except that nobody can figure out how a vehicle could be entering and leaving Infrastructure so easily without triggering aetheric resonance, nor how it could evade even the God-Machine's Angels. Surely a car can't become stigmatic... But there have been rumors of a crazed Demon about, one who is insane with gadgets that defy logical application. If the car isn't a gadget, it may very well be the result of one.

          (I've been rewatching the Love Bug movies as of late, and this idea is just too strong for me to pass up)

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          • 169)
            Two Angels exist as as twin entities that always have separate functions that always undo the other. One to create and one to destroy. One to deliver a message and the other to render deaf. The Angels have uncharacteristically been active for much longer than most and the angel of destruction has come to actually feel hate for its twin concept though it still fulfills its function. The angel of construction, however, does not feel any emotion beyond what is required of its mission. All the same, the angel of construction falls leaving its twin bereft of closure.

            As one of the demons in the Ring, the Demon who was once the angel of construction is found by its angelic twin during an investigation and destroyed. Upon arrival at the scene of the death the Ring find the remains of their Ring-mate torn up without its central processing unit as well as the sheddings of a newly fallen Demon.

            It's clear that the Newly fallen Demon is after the rest of the Ring, can the Ring recuperate their losses and retaliate?



            Frequent Story Teller for the Circle of Five gaming group.

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            • 170)
              The Ring has been cornered/approached by group of Exiles... seeking their help. One of their number has gotten lost. Which is especially troubling, considering they are a Lares. The group is offering favors and help if the Ring can locate their lost member.

              +Bonus) The only information they have, is that the lost Exile takes the form of an old, blue police phone booth...


              Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
              Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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              • Originally posted by xiongrey View Post
                169)
                Two Angels exist as as twin entities that always have separate functions that always undo the other. One to create and one to destroy. One to deliver a message and the other to render deaf. The Angels have uncharacteristically been active for much longer than most and the angel of destruction has come to actually feel hate for its twin concept though it still fulfills its function. The angel of construction, however, does not feel any emotion beyond what is required of its mission. All the same, the angel of construction falls leaving its twin bereft of closure.
                Wouldn't that hate for it's mirror entity be more of a catalyst for a fall than whatever made the creative angel fall?



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                • Originally posted by Malus View Post

                  Wouldn't that hate for it's mirror entity be more of a catalyst for a fall than whatever made the creative angel fall?


                  Should've been, they were closer to exiles than usual.



                  Frequent Story Teller for the Circle of Five gaming group.

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                  • 171) The Ring has encountered (or woke up to) a city where everyone is "out to lunch". Everyone they encounter is like on autopilot, able to perform only the most basic interactions. Then they realize what happened - everyone is nothing more than an Alibi. Somehow. Is there some Infrastructure responsible? Were they caught and is this some God Machine project/game? Did some Demon enact a strange sort of Hell and include them too?


                    Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
                    Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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                    • 172. There's a new dentist shop in town. The doctor's are Angels, and the cavities are getting filled in with more than silver. Microchips keeping track of what people say and do hidden inside the molars. Horrific, but that isn't the important part. There's a bug in this system. If you take one of these "compromised" teeth, rip it out by the roots so that its intact, and then "flip it" so that it gets reinserted into the gums in the opposite direction...some wire gets crossed in the chip. You start to receive signals instead of giving them off. Local angel chatter, mostly. But every so often, just faintly, they say you can even hear the voice of the God-Machine Itself. It also hurts. Worse than you are imagining. The thing tends to rot and infect the gums pretty bad, too, especially if you keep it in there awhile. But isn't it worth the price? Assuming the Angels don't know about this and want you to listen in, of course...

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                      • 173. Speakers go up in a local park / around campus / throughout downtown. They play soft, inoffensive Muzak that most humans barely notice. They are also subliminally programming the humans for something -- a ritual of occult physics requiring a massive number of participants (or sacrifices). The programming's a bit buggy at installation, though, and the erratic behavior of people who spend too much time in the area draws the Ring's attention. Should they destroy the speakers in order to disrupt the ritual? Leave them intact to trace the signal back to the source? Or let the ritual run to completion, and then suborn the system afterwards to programming the local population for their own ends?

                        (Inspired by the inexplicable speakers at my workplace that were playing a violin cover of Warrant's "Cherry Pie" earlier.)

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                        • 174) - The Second Machine
                          There's a legend circulating in Demonic circles of a new angel, one not connected to the Machine but not an Exile or Demon either. They say it can make Infrastructure, even when mostly disconnected from the Machine. It has some strange connection to deep and occult sciences which allows it to devise its own Infrastructure, even to create subordinate angels. It's started to build a cult around itself and its creations. Could this be the beginning of a second Machine? Could it be persuaded to aid the cause of the Unchained? Or is it all just a honey-trap of the God-Machine?


                          Is it presumptuous of me to ask for alternating male/female pronouns?

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                          • 175. The story of Noah and the Deluge is one of the more famous Biblical tales. There's a hint of truth in the story. You see, no one knows where the god-machine came from or how old it is. Given how travel through time and space is a known factor in its operations, such questions are at best academic. What we know for sure is that It has accessed places and times that humanity cannot comprehend. This world as it exists now may not have been the FIRST world. All we know is that the Machine peaks into many realms and parallel splinters. Sometimes It determines that these other places cannot be allowed to exist (whether because they present a threat to the Machine, or transgressed against It, or simply represented too high an x-factor in Output is unknown). But the Machine is nothing if not pragmatic. Some entities may prove useful even if the reality that spawned them is not. And thus the Arks exist, discreet pieces of Infrastructure that house one or more abominations from realities that no longer exist...or, as the case may be, realities that were made to have never existed to begin with. They are caged, experimented upon, and kept alive. Occasionally one escapes.

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                            • 176. Some critical piece of Infrastructure has become corrupted, and Embed (and even Exploit-like) abilities have become accessible to common human programmers and hackers. So far there isn't a strict pattern into who has unlocked such reality-bending logic, but it is spreading. The God-Machine is stepping up Its responses, making other actions more difficult. Should the defect be plugged, or exaggerated further to bring power to the masses (and/or quickening the downfall of the Machine).


                              Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
                              Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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                              • Originally posted by nothri View Post
                                175. The story of Noah and the Deluge is one of the more famous Biblical tales. There's a hint of truth in the story. You see, no one knows where the god-machine came from or how old it is. Given how travel through time and space is a known factor in its operations, such questions are at best academic. What we know for sure is that It has accessed places and times that humanity cannot comprehend. This world as it exists now may not have been the FIRST world. All we know is that the Machine peaks into many realms and parallel splinters. Sometimes It determines that these other places cannot be allowed to exist (whether because they present a threat to the Machine, or transgressed against It, or simply represented too high an x-factor in Output is unknown). But the Machine is nothing if not pragmatic. Some entities may prove useful even if the reality that spawned them is not. And thus the Arks exist, discreet pieces of Infrastructure that house one or more abominations from realities that no longer exist...or, as the case may be, realities that were made to have never existed to begin with. They are caged, experimented upon, and kept alive. Occasionally one escapes.
                                This vaguely reminds me of some of the stuff in The Secret World and its various Ages. Hell, TSW even has Gaia, an entity often called the Goddess Machine or the Immaculate Mechanism.


                                Is it presumptuous of me to ask for alternating male/female pronouns?

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