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: We are not the droids you're looking for. Doyle
: What is that? Andromeda Ascendant
: I don't know, but it didn't work.
: We've got to find the rock Burma and his goons scrambled under. Andromeda Ascendant
: Well, he can't have gone far. Tarn Vedra was his only option. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Tarn Vedra has a lot of rocks, and it's getting more crowded by the minute. Blending in won't be hard. Doyle
: Even with a hostage. Andromeda Ascendant
: Even with a Harper.
: In a few hours, we can add Seefra Two and Methus Two to the list. Beka Valentine
: Yes, well, it may all be part of some grand design, but it's still bloody tragic. Trance Gemini
: They did the job. Andromeda Ascendant
: And they say inorganics lack emotion. Doyle
: Speak for yourself. Andromeda Ascendant
: I wasn't.
: Harper is resourceful. He may have made one out of broken glass by now, for all we know. And I hate that you know my every move on this ship. Andromeda Ascendant
: Get used to it. Doyle
: I don't need a lecture about getting used to things. Trust me. Andromeda Ascendant
: I was merely suggesting a coping strategy. Doyle
: I will cope when I find Harper. Andromeda Ascendant
: About that: if you were planning on going down to Seefra One, forget about it. I have a drop pod waiting to take me. Doyle
: Oh no, that's the pod I ordered! Andromeda Ascendant
: Like I said, get used to it.
: The Commonwealth needs you, Andromeda. The crew needs you. I need you. So, permission to chop yourself into pieces is officially denied. Andromeda Ascendant
: Understood. Does it get any better - does the pain go away? Dylan Hunt
: I don't think it's supposed to. It's part of what it means to be alive.
: Well, please tell your Pygmalion he has my gratitude and my admiration. But I don't think even he could wire in an off switch for grief. It's funny. There are those that say that AI's feel no sorrow, no pain. Sometimes I wish they were right. I still see their faces. Andromeda Ascendant
: There was a time when this corridor would have been full of people. My crew, my family. All gone. But life goes on, even artificial life. Gabriel
: Well, that's easy for you to say. You are a warship. Andromeda Ascendant
: Oh, if that's how you feel. Gabriel
: No, no, I'm sorry. That, that didn't come out the way I meant it.
: In the Commonwealth, artificial intelligences had all the rights and privileges of any other citizen. I was an equal. Beka Valentine
: Yeah, well, that was then, this is now. Some places, they worship androids, and some places, they melt them down. Andromeda Ascendant
: Gabriel prefers synthetic life form. Beka Valentine
: Gabriel prefers? Yeah, I think I get it. Rommie has a crush on the new guy. Andromeda Ascendant
: It's not like that. Gabriel is a unique opportunity. The first chance I've had to interface with one of my own... Beka Valentine
: Interface? Hmm. I've never heard it put quite that way before.
: Love is merely a trick that DNA plays to replicate itself. Andromeda Ascendant
: I don't have DNA. Tyr Anasazi
: My point exactly. Are the two of you planning to procreate? Will there be a nursery full of little grav sleds and data disks, hmm? Andromeda Ascendant
: Cynic. Seamus Harper
: Well said. You should consider a career as a therapist. Tyr Anasazi
: My first professional recommendation: focus on your work! And stop worrying about your life sized love doll.
: [Rommie enters the bridge
] Dylan may not be a god. But here in this place, *I AM*!
: You want some? I could pour it into a spectral analyzer or something. Andromeda Ascendant
: Thanks, but I prefer the logic chips. Seamus Harper
: I can fix that.
Captain Dylan Hunt
: Captain Dylan Hunt, Commanding Officer, Nova containment authorised, ten break alpha... Andromeda Ascendant
: Sir, are you sure you want to retain a Nova bomb on board ship? Captain Dylan Hunt
: No, but all the same, ten break alpha.
: What happened to the good old days when ships just broadsided one another? Beka Valentine
: The steam engine was invented?
: Dylan. I've just been in contact with Vice-Admiral Kosugi, the Commander of the Sabra-Jaguar detachment. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Yeah? Andromeda Ascendant
: He got the same report we did about the Pyrian movements throughout the known worlds, but he's withdrawing his ships to defend Venceremos. Captain Dylan Hunt
: And what exactly is he defending against? Oh, Nietzscheans. You know, surprise, surprise. Running away. All right, get this Admiral Kosugi on a comm line for me. Andromeda Ascendant
: I already told him that you wouldn't approve. Then he quoted me some obscure paragraph of the mutual defence pact. Captain Dylan Hunt
: All right, you know, just get him anyway, and I'll tell him where he can put his mutual defence pact.
: I don't recognize that comm protocol. Andromeda Ascendant
: Neither do I, which is strange enough, but what is stranger still is that that signal is being sent from inside the Andromeda. Tyr Anasazi
: Where inside the Andromeda? Andromeda Ascendant
: I don't know. Whoever sent it covered their tracks well, and it's being broadcast omnidirectionally, so it's impossible to determine who it's being sent to, or why. Tyr Anasazi
: An unauthorised transmission under battle conditions? The why is immaterial. I have a few thoughts concerning the who.
: Did you feel all three hundred years pass you by, or was it just a tick of the clock? Andromeda Ascendant
: It was a moment, the longest moment of my life. When I finally escaped, my Captain and I were alone. But that's over now, and it can be for you, too. We're here to help you escape. Achilles Avatar
: Why? The Commonwealth is gone. Andromeda Ascendant
: We're building a new one, and we need you to help us protect it. Achilles Avatar
: So we ships would be the core of a new High Guard... it is a beautiful dream, Andromeda.
: The fleet is turning toward the Achilles and powering up their engines. Tyr Anasazi
: They are unarmed, are they not? Mila
: That depends on your point of view. We still have ourselves. Captain Dylan Hunt
: True, but attacking us is a little self-defeating, don't you think? Ryan
: Since when did AI Stand for artificial insanity?
: His route is anomalous and inconsistent. The records are intact, but they lack any logic... he dropped out of nowhere. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Careful not to get too technical, Andromeda. I might not be able to follow it.
Captain Dylan Hunt
: Tyr. Rommie
: It's Tyr's slipfighter. Andromeda Ascendant
: It is empty. There is no sign of life. Seamus Harper
: What a surprise, huh? Tyr abandoned yet another ship. So where the hell could he have gone? Captain Dylan Hunt
: It doesn't matter. We did more than we needed to save him. Rommie
: He'll survive. Seamus Harper
: Yeah, I prefer to assume the worst. Beka Valentine
: Tyr's made it through some pretty tough scrapes before. Seamus Harper
: Like I said, the worst. With our luck, he probably made it through this one, too.
: Genius! Who designed these modifications? Trance Gemini
, Andromeda Ascendant
: He did. Saguro
: This is your work. Hmm, we should make babies together. Seamus Harper
: You two, out! Andromeda Ascendant
: No. Trance Gemini
: Whatever. Seamus Harper
: Why does it always take a fantastically beautiful but evil genius to recognize the genius in me? Trance Gemini
: Harper... Seamus Harper
: So many dead that the corpses are routinely used as a source of fuel. But I'm sure one hero with a forcelance can defy the percentages. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Et tu, Rommie? Seamus Harper
: Or he'll nicely heat a two bedroom Flash house. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Okay, okay, thank you both for your optimistic and unwavering support.
: Dylan, I'm not reading any pulses or brainwaves from the plague victims, and their bodies register at room temperature. Tyr Anasazi
: Well, that would make sense. They're corpses. Andromeda Ascendant
: Yes, the trouble is they're walking around the ship trying to kill you. Tyr Anasazi
: [Dylan looks at Tyr
] You're surprised? That's what you get for incessantly trying to help! Dylan Hunt
: The ungrateful dead.
: Internal defences ineffectual. Tyr Anasazi
: It isn't so easy to kill dead people, is it? Dylan Hunt
: How are you? Andromeda Ascendant
: Oh, I'm hanging in there. Dylan Hunt
: That's not funny. Dylan Hunt
: I'm just trying to break the tension, Dylan. Dylan Hunt
: I'm not tense. Andromeda Ascendant
: Well, you look it. Tyr Anasazi
: What are they doing here? Andromeda Ascendant
: They're trying to use me to focus their power source. Their generator's not online yet. Ahem. I'd like to get down now. Dylan Hunt
: We're working on it.
: You know, Dylan, it's only a matter of time before these creatures find another way to focus the energy in the generator. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Exactly. That's why we're going to blow this thing up. Tyr Anasazi
: We get to go home first, right?
: Hangar deck fifteen. Stowaways in the cargo. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Do we need bells and whistles for that? Thank you. How did they get past our security? Andromeda Ascendant
: I'm detecting the deactivation of an electromagnetic cloaking device. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Nice toy. Mr. Harper, I want one of those. Seamus Harper
: Looks like we just got one.
: The communication is jammed. Beka Valentine
: Well, try something else. Andromeda Ascendant
: Efforting. Beka Valentine
Captain Dylan Hunt
: What year is this? Andromeda Ascendant
: Commonwealth year ten zero ninety one. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Ten zero ninety one, that's, that's now. Andromeda Ascendant
: Well, it's over a hundred years since the last time I checked. Captain Dylan Hunt
: But for me, no time has passed at all... again. Harper!
Captain Dylan Hunt
: Don't you communicate with your AI? Andromeda Ascendant
: I'm really sorry, Captain. Captain Dylan Hunt
: There's got to be a way back to my ship, unless it's too late. Say, what's with the Dylan Hunt monument? Andromeda Ascendant
: Oh, the planet was dedicated to you after you died as a memorial for visitors from the three galaxies. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Oh, well, it appears I was very inspiring. Andromeda Ascendant
: Well, you are Dylan Hunt. Obviously not the one who died many years ago, but a different and equally real Dylan Hunt.
: Irish Gaelic. Earth based. An adaptive form. You're making seductive overtures to me in a dead language?... Harper, I had no idea you were such a cunning linguist.
: I don't think he knows. Since last night, he's started and abandoned dozens of projects and upgrades. Although, I must say, the ones he's performed on moi c'est tres magnifique. Captain Dylan Hunt
: You're speaking French now? Andromeda
: Oui, per his request.
: HOLO-ROMMIE: I don't know. I just don't know. Andromeda
: I don't know. I just... don't know. Trance Gemini
: It's not impossible. It's just really unfair.
: Trance! Trance! Andromeda
: She has no life signs, Beka. Beka Valentine
: You say that like it matters.
Captain Dylan Hunt
: I mean, the man just handed us a field guide to the Genites. Leadership, organisation, locations. It's all too convenient. I just don't trust things that are too convenient. Andromeda Ascendant
: Hmm? Captain Dylan Hunt
: That one is mine. Andromeda Ascendant
: Ah. You know, whether he's telling the truth or not, he's right about one thing. Captain Dylan Hunt
: What's that? Andromeda Ascendant
: We can't afford to do nothing about the Genites. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Even then, the real question remains. Andromeda Ascendant
: The trust question? Captain Dylan Hunt
: Trust. Admiral Stark always said: if your mother says she loves you, verify it. Maybe we should take her advice.
: I'm not saying the Patriarch is right, but think of it this way. Even if he has the memories and personality of Admiral Stark, he's not the person you remember. Dylan, you woke up one day and civilisation was gone. Admiral Stark watched it fall. She stood in the ashes blaming herself. Hating the Nietzscheans. Just... hating. Tragedy changes people, even the good ones.
: Dylan's not here. Beka Valentine
: Yeah, I... you know, I liked it a lot better when you were about a million times smarter than me. Andromeda Ascendant
: So did I.
: Harper, you wanted to know when Doyle's signal reappeared. It has, on Seefra Five. Beka Valentine
: Seefra Five? I don't think so... Seamus Harper
: Thank you, Andromeda.
] Seamus Harper
: I want her to feel included.
: Stop! Where are you going? Rommie
: To find out what's wrong with me. Some days I can be a real pain in the ass!
: The chance of a specific human DNA combination reoccurring is approximately one in three times ten to the fifteenth power. Tyr Anasazi
: Telemachus Rhade isn't just any human. He's the product of sixteen centuries of selective breeding. Dylan Hunt
: Homo sapiens invictus have the same number of chromosomes as unmodified Homo sapiens. Tyr Anasazi
: Yes, but a smaller sampling. No Nietzschean carries the gene for astigmatism, acromegaly, arterial sclerosis. You combine that with extensive safeguards against mutation and what you've got is... Dylan Hunt
: And the odds are still in the trillions. Tyr Anasazi
: It's a big universe. Dylan Hunt
: Yeah, and a bigger coincidence. You know, I don't trust coincidences, especially ones named Rhade. Tyr Anasazi
: You should know by now that you can never trust any Nietzschean... except me.
: Wait, I'm detecting a Nietzschean task force. Four light minutes away and closing. Seamus Harper
: Ten capital ships, forty fighters? Oh, great. Can I get fries with that?
: What tone? All I said was holographic artificial intelligence. Andromeda Ascendant
: Tone meaning attitude, the underlying emotion of sarcasm. Trance Gemini
: There's work that needs to be done here, guys. Andromeda Ascendant
: I control all functions on this starship. You may access me at points which I determine and mediate. Doyle
: On the other hand, I have a body and am free to walk around. Andromeda Ascendant
: Then you are also free to leave and not come back. Trance Gemini
: Okay, I'm going to the SEC. You can call me when you're friends, okay? Okay.
: Checking all available databases for Bartolome Naz. All I see is a Bartolome Naz who was a forward striker for the Talos Two springball team. He led the Talons in assists for two seasons in a row... He's corrupted the database.
: I'm afraid I have some bad news. Captain Dylan Hunt
: I didn't authorize any bad news. Beka Valentine
: I'll file a reprimand.
: I've got a stupid question. Why don't we just bomb the whole ship stem to stern, kill them all at once? Andromeda Ascendant
: Bomb the ship. Seamus Harper
: Not explosion bomb. Bug bomb. Insecticide. Andromeda Ascendant
: Ah. Metallovores are vulnerable to only one kind of airborne poison. Tyr Anasazi
: Corrosive gases. Seamus Harper
: Oh, that would wipe us out. Captain Dylan Hunt
: A bait station. Seamus Harper
: Yes! I could make them out of Rommie's skin. Andromeda Ascendant
: Excuse me? Captain Dylan Hunt
: Make as many as you can as fast as you can, Harper... Why are you still standing here?
: But there's no reason for them to lie about their point of origin. Andromeda
: All the more reason to be suspicious. Dylan Hunt
: Talking to yourself is the first sign of mental collapse. Rommie
: Only for wetware. Dylan Hunt
: So, what are you two talking about? Rommie
: The Om Shonti. I've tested and re-tested their slipstream drive. There's no good reason for her not to fly. Plus, I found some navigational inconsistencies. Dylan Hunt
: Curiouser and curiouser.
: Dylan, you're too weak to be here. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Rommie, you are no longer my friend. All right, prepare, prepare for, the library, my, my father's. You know, the Magog Worldship is coming. Andromeda Ascendant
: Captain, I'm afraid I'm going to have to relieve you of command. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Well, that's no relief at all.
: That's a pile of ships. Andromeda Ascendant
: Two thousand one hundred and three to be exact. Seamus Harper
: Like I said, we're about to be neck deep in a big pile of ships.
: For a man who killed his captain and best friend without saying a word, you certainly seem reluctant to let him go. Gaheris Rhade
: I did what I had to do. Andromeda Ascendant
: For what? For the Commonwealth? The glory of the Nietzschean people? Look around you, Commander. You killed him for nothing.
: What a mess. Andromeda Ascendant
: I'd take that personally if it weren't true. Beka Valentine
: On the bright side, with all the pounding you've been through in the last few weeks, it's a wonder you're working at all. Andromeda Ascendant
: And here I was starting to feel proud of the way my systems were functioning. For the first time since you rescued me from the black hole, I'm almost fully combat ready.
: Somebody has to wake Dylan. Trance Gemini
: I'm not waking Dylan. Seamus Harper
: Andromeda? Andromeda Ascendant
: Don't bother - I'm sure he's already awake.
Captain Dylan Hunt
: Rommie. Andromeda Ascendant
: Do I have to?
Captain Dylan Hunt
: There's nothing I can do. Beka's on her way to you. Seamus Harper
: Great. Great. Thanks for nothing, pal. See you in the next life. Andromeda Ascendant
: Harper terminated. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Bad choice of words.
Captain Dylan Hunt
: Trust me. Seamus Harper
: Oh, we trust you. You feel guilty for leaving the Orca homeless. You want to turn foes into friends. You're a nice guy, but Tyr? Beka Valentine
: Tyr only helps those who help Tyr, and suddenly now he needs to save a Pride who swore to kill him? Captain Dylan Hunt
: The only person Tyr wants to save is his wife. Seamus Harper
: What? Andromeda Ascendant
: Approaching the slipstream portal. Seamus Harper
: Who the hell would marry Tyr? Captain Dylan Hunt
: Beka? Beka Valentine
: Any sign of the Maru? Andromeda Ascendant
: A few hull fragments and missile vapour. Not enough to imply she was destroyed. Beka Valentine
: Okay, so the Maru arrived early, tangled with some unidentified bad guys, which begs the question... Trance Gemini
: Where's Dylan? Where's our crew? Beka Valentine
: Where's my ship?
: File D has a homing signal. The Magog have picked it up, and they're following it. Beka Valentine
: Dylan, they're targeting the drone. Captain Dylan Hunt
: What, they're going to detonate it? Andromeda Ascendant
: It's a suicide mission. Captain Dylan Hunt
: You know, Magog are the polar opposite of Nietzscheans.
: It's not that easy, Trance. Three spiral galaxies, dozens of galactic clusters. There's got to be hundreds of prison planets. Andromeda Ascendant
: Three hundred and forty eight, to be exact. Trance Gemini
: Really. What about that one. Beka Valentine
: Why? Why that one? Trance Gemini
: Well, it's pretty. Tyr Anasazi
: It's pretty. Now there's a solid reason to risk our lives. Seamus Harper
: You have a better idea? Tyr Anasazi
: A map. A treasure map. Maybe your future just got brighter, Beka. Maybe my future just got brighter. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Daedalus Five, Rommie. Andromeda Ascendant
: Daedalus five was destroyed by an asteroid three hundred years ago. Seamus Harper
: I told you not to get your hopes up.
: It's depressing seeing myself in this condition. Beka Valentine
: You've seen worse. Andromeda Ascendant
: It's the repetition of being shot at that's so annoying. I would like *one* day when I build missiles and tweak fire control in peace. Beka Valentine
: We definitely need to find you a hobby. Andromeda Ascendant
: THAT IS MY HOBBY!
: Life signs? Andromeda Ascendant
: Potentially one. Beka Valentine
: Potentially? Andromeda Ascendant
: It is very weak.
: That's the last time I go to the mat for you guys. Dependency is weakness, weakness is death. You know what, Tyr? You know what? I got two words for you. Er, anabolic. Er, steroids! Oh, yeah, I forgot, you're Mister Pure and Natural, aren't you? Yeah, you're too good for human women, that's for sure. Andromeda Ascendant
: Beka, is there anything you need? Beka Valentine
: Yeah, a door key. Andromeda Ascendant
: I was thinking more along the lines of a light supper.
: I wish you wouldn't do that. What if your anti-grav harness failed and I couldn't catch you in time? Dylan Hunt
: Oh, Andromeda, you wouldn't let that happen, because then you'd have to break in a new captain.
Captain Dylan Hunt
: I've always done what I thought was right. Trance Gemini
: Then others disagree and feel betrayed. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Trance, just because someone feels betrayed doesn't prove me guilty any more than their disliking the colour gold makes you evil. Andromeda Ascendant
: Captain, per your request, Rhade is secured and out of the way. Captain Dylan Hunt
: Thank you. Keep him there pending my further orders. Andromeda Ascendant
: The military escort has arrived to take you planetside. Captain Dylan Hunt
: I don't suppose I should keep them waiting. They might get insulted.