Eclipse Phase: picking up the pieces

Suspicions begin to arise
A wonderful night of beer that reminded me of mars and my people, who i have been yearning to get back to. However on the other side of the coin some of our less… party going companions were evidently captured on their way back to the hotel. I am extremely suspicious of their story as i don’t understand why or how these people who tried to capture them left them completely intact. We gave them a checkup and found nothing on the physical or cybernetic but something tells me there is just something we aren’t seeing here, who knows what these shadowy people are doing to watch us or inhibit our progress or maybe even have us accomplish some sort of goal for them, but frankly it scares me.
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Luna never changes

Well returning from a fine evening at one of the more upscale uplift restaurants in the area around new nectar myself and two of my colleagues found ourselves unknowingly in for no reason attacked. What’s more our attackers have left us with no serious injuries and have taking nothing of substance from us and for the most part left us unharmed and no worse for the wear back in our designated hotel rooms.
the next day well still Shake It Up from our encounter the night before we went to meet the reclaimer scientist who is trying her damnedest to get us to Earth the more I meet and understand her the more her motives become clear very few transhumance have the passion she does for the projects they do well I’m on sure how clear impure her motives are I can respect her drive or ambition to see her goals come true. I just fear she may not understand the cost that will come with her lofty goals

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Aiko's Log-Luna

For the second time, I’m waking up with blanks in my memory. Fuck. Why didn’t I scan that guy before he nabbed us? I thought I knew better than to blindly trust anyone down here. Luna always fucks with me and leaves me vulnerable. Despite the rampant danger, I’d almost rather be on earth.
Someone on Luna is after Mun-Eo. The splicers from the elevator pinned us down in an alley. I managed to take down two before letting myself get grabbed by a bruiser (like an idiot). Mun-Eo put up a hell of a fight and managed to get enough genetic material from one of the splicers to start running some traces on him. Looks like I’ll get to do a little ego hunting. Working backwards like this is a challenge I look forward to. Maybe it will keep my mind marginally occupied while we locating funding for our trip to earth.
Sarry wants us to come up with ways to fund this trip, and I admit I am at a loss. I don’t want to suggest blackmail, but it is my bread and butter. Whatever we come up with, I am sure I will find a valuable place in their plan.

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Just my Luck

I finally make it back to the lunar surface just in time to see everything go to shit. The brainiacs at heinlab, they pay good, some of them look good but that’s about all they’re good for. Nothing is simple with them, it always goes ten layers of bureaucracy deep and if funding gets cut from heinlab because something went wrong on a trip to Earth (surprise, surprise!) I’m out of a job. I was considering quitting here and going to look for something at Vo Nguyen, though research never was my strong suit.

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A terrifying journey
The people of the moon have been rather terse ever since we reached the surface, one of them even threatening to send me sailing out of the atmosphere with a well placed kick to testicles. Ezekiel and his friends have been rather distant however they do seem to know me well enough to allow me to go down to the earths surface, definitely a frightening agreement to say the least. I hope to be well prepared in a pod of possibly high cost and definitely a far-caster to get me off that stupid rock before I die… again. healing pods may be required as the surface is a dangerous place, due to what I can only imagine are roaming titan death squads and traps of all kinds. Definitely a difficult proposition to decline as Ezekiel was very useful in helping me find jek’s key, but many parts of me want to get back to the ship and get far away from this place.
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Twitch

On the long slow elevator ride to the lunar surface, I caught a group of basic splicers eyeing me, twitching around like they have crab shells in their beaks. I have no clue as to what buissness they have with me. But with my reputation on the lunar surface what it is, best to stay frosty. I alerted my peers that I was being observed. But hope this situation does not force me to play my hand, to show my intent to this group of basically strangers…

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To The Moon...AND EARTH!!

After our Mars excursion wrapped up we had a nice little trip to Luna. I did some work but also spent some free time hanging out with Mun-Eo. I think he is warming up to me? He seems a deep-thinking, soulful type and very different in other ways from transhumans. It is fascinating to think after all of humanity’s history of dreaming up intelligent life from other planets they find intelligent life in Earth’s own oceans. Mun-Eo also seems to get strangely bothered by my company after a while, for some reason. Sometimes I don’t recognize it until he has clearly gotten annoyed or bothered; I will have to pay closer attention in the future to avoid that.

Anyway, after a bit we arrived at Luna and could actually get a glimpse of Earth! Little did I know my excitement over this glimpse is nothing compared to what we would find out later. After a mostly uneventful elevator ride (I say mostly because there were some strange folks following Mun-Eo) we met with a pleasantly friendly Reclaimer lady named Sarry. She was very talkative, which I loved! My crew aren’t always the most talkative, except Xyler, so it is refreshing to see a transhuman so open and communicative. She told us she had a job for us…TO GO TO EARTH!!

I am very excited by this mission, but now that I have had some time to think on it I am also very scared. I took some time to go visit Shackle and its sub-section New Varanasi in particular. It is called the “city of temples” because there are many Hindu temples there. Transhuman religion fascinates me. No matter our technological advances people still seek a greater meaning and purpose to their lives and the things they experience. I visited several different temples and even happened upon one that was having a service. Curious, I joined in and was readily welcomed by the worshipers. While there I purchased a necklace in the traditional Gulabi Minakari style as well as a stone-carved Shivalinga. I am told these were common souvenirs in the original Varanasi on Earth. The necklace depicts Ganesha, remover of obstacles. Hopefully he will remove some obstacles for us on this mission.

Feeling a lot better after this trip, I spent much time researching everything I could find on the Mesh about Earth and completed my list of requisition requests. I really hope I have not forgotten anything. I would hate to be on Earth wishing I had brought an important piece of gear.

Scout Missile [Moderate]

Disassembly Tools [High]

Superthermite Charges [Moderate]

High-Dive Suits [High] or Standard Vacsuits [Moderate] or Crasher Suits [Expensive]

Survival Belts [Moderate]

Spindle [Moderate]

Spindle Climber [Low]

Life-Support Packs [Moderate]

Plasma Cutter [High]

Healing Pod [Moderate]

Defense Beacons [Moderate]

Pressure Tent (3) [Low]

Miniature Radio Farcasters [Low]

Satnet-In-A-Can [High]

Emergency Farcasters [Expensive]

Very Good Weapons [Various]

Ectos [Low]

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The octopus flew over the moon

So here I am, back on Luna. My innards squrm at the thought of spending the days ahead here. I have found myself, for the first time in a good while, being handled as property agian. You would think the huminoids in all their infinate wisedom would be capable of looking back, at scores of revolts from classes below, and be able to see the end result of this quite clearly. But I’m getting off topic. We have been recruted to go back to earth. And as my colleges whom I for some reason or another trust are all for it, I will join them. Perhaps a trip to earth will remind me of a time when I was more Free, when I swam unencumbered by the lofty Realms of thought that consume me now. While they politics of this endevor disgust me. I am frotunate to keep this at arms length (although 8 arms length wouldent be enough for me).

Perhaps somewhere here I can find some Hidden Gem something to report back to Boomer and regain my credibility. Or perhaps some stone unturned to further our cause.

spilled gasoline

scrambles the air like flames

behind our world

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Reflections

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Among Friends

It is refreshing to be back on Mars. The elevator ride was rather heated. I attempted not to get involved, however i did help with my diplomacy, in a manner of speaking. Seeing Raul and Amir was enjoyable; being with a fellow artist was refreshing. Mun-Eo Bah is seemingly rather artsy, but i don’t think he enjoys my company.

We did get into a scrap, though it was the kind i’m rather familiar with, this may however go deeper. Normally, I am not one to look into this sort of thing, but thinking someone may be after you is a difficult burden to bear. The common city mugger seems as though he has become a hit man in my eyes.

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