Player Interactions:TID talks about parasites and why you shouldn't say "HUNT-THE-STRONG"

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Interaction Information

Date: April 29, 2020
Player(s): apprenticeNerd, Protolore, Dance & Laugh Umbra, коала
Interacted With: THEE-I-DARE
Major details from the Interaction:

  • The Voices can be seen as parasites. THEE-I-DARE thinks they're too controlling and would like to see that stop. SPEAK-AS-ONE thinks *we're* the parasite
  • Nobody knows who came first, SAO or humans.
  • Many of TID's old Hosts, the ones found in fragments, would rather have died than join the Song.
  • Even naming a Voice once can draw their attention, making total secrecy impossible.
  • TID believes that the whole Pact together is stronger than HUNT-THE-STRONG. To help the Pact, us kids shouldn't name HTS aloud.

Video of Interaction


Transcript

Transcript:
(Umbra and Nerd are discussing the concept of roleplay/the player and their kid having different sentiments)

Umbra: Just like, my kid is a really hardcore SAO fan, but me controlling the kid, “ha ha what an a**hole?”

Nerd: Yeah! (comes up on Sleeper Lockers door) I have a lockpick if you need one.

Umbra: I don’t know, it feels like I’m being two-faced, y’know?

Nerd: Or we can just go below Nerve Center.

Proto: I dunno - well, not necessarily…

Nerd: No, you’re not. It’s called rol-- (sees the closing eye) OH MY GOD!

Proto: Oh sh*t!

Umbra: Oh dear god…

TID: (referring to Proto and a light he sent) LORE CHILD. PARASITES? HEARD IT.

Proto: Ohhhhhh! Hello!

Nerd: (passive-aggressively, she thinks this is SAO) Hello!

Proto: Yeah…

Umbra: Yeah, he called you a parasite.

Nerd: Heard us talkin’ sh*t, didya? (there was some SAO badmouthing going on earlier)

Proto: I mean...you’re relying on us to host you, so…

Nerd: Heh. Well, maybe not us specifically...

Proto: I mean, what else would you call that?

Umbra: Yeah, yeah, that’ll - that would definitely gain their favor.

TID: MANY HURL THE WORD WORM AT US

Nerd: To be honest, they’re not wrong.

Proto: The thing is, is you can be symbiotic, or you can be...completely just, like, a leech. I think SAO is a leech, but you promote individualism, so maybe we can, y’know, benefit one another?

Nerd: Uh...hey, um, Protolore, I hate to break it to you, but we’re not talking to THEE-I-DARE!

Umbra: (behind Nerd’s talking) Look at you backtracking, Proto.

Proto: I’m not backtracking!

Umbra: You are backtracking so hardcore.

Proto: (responding to Nerd) Yeah we are.

TID: SO SAYS MY SCHOLARLY BROTHER.

Nerd: ...Are we?

Proto: Yeah.

Umbra: Are we? Are we, though??

Nerd: Are we talking to THEE-I-DARE? (realizes he used “my” instead of “our” and referred to TMC as his brother) I - oh…

Proto: Ob - obviously.

Nerd: I’m - I’m sorry…

Proto: SAO isn’t gonna call THE-MEASURE-CUTS a brother.

TID: MANY ORGANISMS IN YOU, RIGHT NOW

Nerd: Hm.

Umbra: Well, that’s just weird.

Proto: There are.

Nerd: Yeah, there are.

Proto: Like I said, parasites can be symbiotic.

(short pause)

Nerd: So…

Proto: So it all comes down to what do you offer?

Nerd: Yeah. I mean...

Proto: SAO essentially offers immortality.

Umbra: I mean…

Nerd: Although --

Umbra: (referring to SAO) Does he really?

Nerd: THEE-I-DARE, I meant what you s - I meant what I said in that light. (it was a declaration of support for him over SAO) I am definitely no fan of...MomDad.

Umbra: I hope you sent him a really funny light...

Nerd: No, I just - I just -

TID: MY GIFT WAS GIVEN LONG AGO.

Nerd: Hm. To whom?

Umbra: Was it the Power Deck? If so, that’s a pretty awesome gift.

Nerd: Yeah.

Proto: Your gift was, y’know, not being a mindless drone.

Nerd: Yeah. The Word, right?

Umbra: I mean, without them we wouldn’t be a mindless drone, so that’s not really a gift.

Proto: Yeah.

Nerd: I mean…

Proto: But if you support the individual, then you should be allowed to choose other Voices to support. I feel like some...

Nerd: I mean yeah, that is what he’s about.

Proto: Some respect is owed to you.

TID: WORD. WILL. WAKING ITSELF.

Nerd: Yeah. That was all him in the beginning.

Proto: Yeah. You did do a lot.

TID: AND WITH IT, SUCH WIT AS YOU HAVE.

Proto: I don’t think I’m very witty at all, but thank you.

Umbra: Well, I agree. I mean, what?

(Proto laughs. Another short pause)

Proto: I mean, I wish there was a way to kind of, without SPEAK-AS-ONE--

Nerd: Don’t--

Umbra: Really? Now you would say the full name?

Nerd: Now you say it?

Proto: Yeah, true. ...Yeah, whatever.

Umbra: (sarcastic) Good job.

Proto: (trying again) Without - it, there should be a way that we can, y’know, work with all the Voices. Explore all the possibilities.

Nerd: Yeah, I mean… I’ve heard of some people trying to do that.

TID: BEFORE I FELL, I INCITED CHAOS

Umbra: Chaos is good.

Proto: I love it.

Umbra: Yep.

Nerd: Yeah, there’s pleeeeenty of little chaos beasts in this club.

TID: ANY ORDER GIVEN, I HAD YOU REFUSE

Umbra: You had us refuse…

Nerd: Yeah, and… I mean, I know you’d be the first to admit, that gets a little unhealthy after a while.

Proto: To just always say no.

Nerd: Yeah.

Proto: Yeah… you have to decide what you like and what you don’t like, what you do and do not want to do. ...Ow, broke my legs.

Nerd: (snorts) Oops.

TID: MY MISSING HOSTS WOULD AGREE.

Nerd: Yeah.

Umbra: I’m sure they would.

Proto: Yeah…

Nerd: I hope you know, your fragment’s safe with me. I’ve only found the one, but…

TID: BUT MANY WOULD DIE ALL OVER AGAIN

Nerd: They would…

Proto: True. Very true. I would honestly rather die than be part of...the hivemind.

Nerd: Yeah.

Umbra: Well, that’s your opinion.

(Proto laughs again)

Umbra: I’d rather not die at all, but - yep.

Nerd: I mean yeah, that’s also fair. I…

Proto: I’d do that.

Umbra: It’s like, say you had the choice of only joining the Song or die, but we have many choices.

Proto: True.

Nerd: Yeah, I mean honestly… I’ve been - facing down death and the Song, and when the Shape’s on your a**? They honestly look like the same d*mn thing!

Proto: Yeah.

Umbra: Yeah, we consider getting Shaped “dying” anyway, so… We lose part of ourselves when we get Shaped, anyway.

Nerd: Yeah. Yeah, it’s - bad.

TID: THEY PREFER TO KEEP THE BODY ALIVE

Proto: So that they can use us, as a Sleeper…

Umbra: There you go. Parasite.

Nerd: Exactly.

Proto: Eeeexactly.

Nerd: Definition.

Umbra: Though, SAO is the worst parasite out of all of them.

TID: MY HOSTS SAW THAT AS A SICK PARODY

Nerd: Yeaahhhh…

Proto: Yeah.

Nerd: It’s a - it - it’s a parody of life, is what it is. You’re - you’re half asleep. All the time.

Proto: It’s a parody of unity, but - that’s the thing it just controls you, like, without any input from you. It dictates who… or like, what parts of you get to stay and what parts of you don’t. It’s - ugh.

Nerd: What kind of a way to live is that?

Proto: It’s creepy. It takes the best parts that it wants from you, but it doesn’t take all of you.

Umbra: Isn’t that just life in general?

Proto: It is, but I - I mean I would rather have a Voice that…

Nerd: SAO’s just that turned up to eleven.

Proto: I would rather have a Voice that takes the good with the bad.

Nerd: Yeah.

TID: IN THEIR VIEW, YOU ARE THE PARASITE

Nerd: (sarcastic) Ppfff. That’s a good one, SAO.

Umbra: Weeellll, they’re probab - that’s - they’re probably not wrong…

Proto: I mean, how, though? (unintelligible under others talking) our lives.

Nerd: (aside, still talking to imaginary SAO) You been taking clues from…

Umbra: Considering...didn’t we come from them?

Proto: I think they came from us.

Nerd: I think that’s a chicken and the egg situation. We don’t know enough about the dawn of humanity to tell.

Proto: Uhhh, I believe THE-MEASURE-CUTS has said that there were two, and then there was one. Well, somebody asked... I think it might have been THEE-I-DARE, but I think it was SAO, about Adam and Eve, if Adam and Eve were real, and it said something about - in the beginning there were only two...like, voices? Two voices in the Song.

Nerd: Yeah, that would have been SAO’s…

TID: AS THE APPRENTICE SAYS…

Proto: Ah.

(short pause)

Umbra: So Proto, how’s those name fragments goin’?

Proto: I’ve got two.

TID: CLAIMS TO WHO WAS FIRST TO OCCUPY…

Umbra: Yeah, they’ll - there’ll always be claims. We won’t exactly know the exact picture.

Nerd: Mhm.

Proto: I do want to know who came first…

TID: QUICKLY ACADEMIC. BOTH EXIST.

Nerd: Yeah, I don’t th - I don’t think even he knows. Like, he wasn’t around at the time, it was just SAO. And - they’re an unreliable narrator if I ever saw one.

Proto: Oh yeah.

Umbra: Yeah, yeah.

Proto: Very biased.

Umbra: They - they want a lot from us just to answer a question.

Nerd: Yeah.

Proto: It thinks it’s a god.

Nerd: They want what I’m not giving.

Umbra: Well, we - we are the ones that called them gods in the first place.

Proto: Uh - that’s fair.

Umbra: Yeah. I still call them Voices, just some higher being, not god.

Nerd: Voices, daimons, gods, whatever.

Umbra: I have a God, it’s not them.

Nerd: Mhm.

Umbra: I also wanna say how proud I am that we did not get the Shape on us.

Proto: Yeah! It’s true.

Umbra: Good job, team.

Proto: I mean, it’s level - 3, but yeah. So…

TID: WHATEVER WE MAY BE CALLED…

Nerd: By the way, THEE-I-DARE, I’m sorry I thought you were - your parents at the beginning…

Umbra: Same, I always expect the worst.

Proto: I knew what I sent. Literally just sent. (he sent a mocking light to SAO before heading out on the mission)

Nerd: Eh.

TID: WE GOVERN THE WILL, UNDULY

Proto: I mean, I look at you as more of a...influence on what we choose to do than forcing us to do anything.

Nerd: Yeah. Honestly, that’s nice, y’know?

TID: ONE DAY, I WOULD SEE THAT END

Proto: That sounds very...IN-HER-TEETH of you.

Nerd: You should talk to tooth mom.

Umbra: Hahah, tooth mom.

Proto: Well, someday I hope to get to know all of the Voices, except SAO potentially, but…

Nerd: Yeah, and maybe Murder Furby.

Umbra: You want to know HUNT-THE-STRONG?

Nerd: (trying to correct her) Murder Furby.

Proto: I dunno about wanting to know HUNT-THE-STRONG, but I’ll at least give him the opportunity to speak his piece. SAO - talks a lot. I already have a good idea of what it’s about.

Nerd: Yeah, we’re fine on them, thanks.

Proto: I’ll at least give all the gods their...they all get their - their time.

TID: WELL, YOU NAMED HIM. HE HEARS.

Proto: But I do like THEE-I-DARE…

Nerd: Oh. Really?

Proto: Oh.

Nerd: Maybe you should get out of here.

Proto: Yeah. Remember, Voices have power. So, that’s what I’m interested about, if…

Umbra: Names give power.

Nerd: Are you gonna be okay if he’s listening?

Proto: ...we can help, how can we help? Well, if I can help, how can I help, I can’t speak for my friends here.

Nerd: I’m in, if we’re helping him. THEE-I-DARE, I mean.

Umbra: I mean, we can just chant “THEE-I-DARE” over and over…

TID: TRUE ADVICE I NOW CANNOT GIVE…

Proto: Yeah, true.

Nerd: True advice…

Proto: But that doesn’t stop all the people from (unintelligible)

Nerd: ...dammit. Dammit, Proto!

TID: FOR HE WILL KNOW WHAT IS SAID.

Proto: To - SAO. For making you say things..

Nerd: You can be cryptic if you want, I’m good at puzzles…

(Nerd disconnects. Video record ends here. Players talking can’t be recreated exactly, but they were mostly silent to let TID have center stage)

TID: INSTEAD, I SHALL SAY…

TID: HE SEEKS STRENGTH…

TID: LIKE YOUR CLUB…

TID: OUR PACT IS STRONGER TOGETHER

Proto: What can we do to help the pact?

TID: WELL, LORE CHILD, STEP ONE?

TID: DO NOT NAME OUR ENEMIES

TID: SECRET TALKS WILL HAVE TO WAIT

TID: TIME BURNS. BRUSH UP. PRAY AGAIN

(players must have said something here. I don’t know what)

TID: INDEED. GOODNIGHT AND SURVIVE.

(Proto, Umbra, and Koala received halos back at the boxcar. Special thanks to Umbra for providing me with screenshots of TID talking in the last few minutes.)