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Since the extremely-long posts in white text are distracting, I figured I'd recap here. Please don't post responses here, but in the original topic instead.

Day 1:

> Hey, what’s up with the clock?
> Slamm-0!

> With everything that’s going on, you’re worried about the clock?
> Bull

> Well, yeah. It was almost done. I wanted to see what was going to happen.
> Slamm-0!

> Maybe you should pull your head out and see what’s going on in the world.
> Bull

> Stuff’s going on? Hold on …
> Slamm-0!

> Don’t see many headlines. If anything, it seems like a quiet day.
> Slamm-0!

> Are you looking at the newsnets? Maybe try digging into the sources who tell the real news?
> Bull

> Holy drek.
> Slamm-0!

> That’s why you’re getting no news. Philly, DeeCee, Newark, St. Louis and more have all gone dark. No Matrix traffic at all.
> Glitch

> What happened?
> Slamm-0!

> Good question. No explosions, though, at least none large enough to take out a city. So they’re probably still there.
> Glitch

> Explosions aren’t always needed to make things go away.
> Man-of-Many-Names

> We really need to figure out how to get MoMN off this channel. Anyway, drones are inbound—they’ll get us pictures of what’s happening.
> Bull

> Is this connected to all the noise in Detroit?
> Glitch

> Dunno, since I don’t know what this is.
> Bull

> Guys, Kay St.’s pinging me with an urgent message. Like, panicked urgent. I’m patching him in.
> Slamm-0!

> *rt^5hs( whole ci†hhy blacked out. Everyou448ws panicked. He?rd from ų’_drYt others?
> Kay St. Irregular

> What a piece of drek connection. Kay, you’re saying everything’s blacked out?
> Bull

> Y&^^1
> Kay St. Irregular

> So something’s going on in DeeCee, but at least Kay is still on the map.
> Glitch

> Who else is in any of these that have disappeared or whatever?
> Bull

> Lyran was in Philly last I checked. Trying to raise her.
> Glitch

> I’m not gonna be much help. Just found Netcat lying on the floor, eyes rolled back, muttering. DocWagon on the way. Gotta take care of her.
> Slamm-0!

> What the hell is happening?
> Bull

> N0 dr$8nes, no v3^^œles, nothing. Everything l00¨s right, but it #84sn’t work.
> Kay St. Irregular

> Heard from Lyran. She’s in Dover. Says it’s fine. A spirit acquaintance is going to have a look.
> Glitch

> Who the hell goes to Dover?
> Bull

> Deep deep deep deep deep deep deep deep
> Netcat

> What was that? I thought Slamm-0! said Netcat was out?
> Glitch

> Here’s another weird thing. Saw a headline about mass blackouts in the UCAS. It was there for ten seconds, then it was pulled. Can’t find a trace of it now.
> Bull

> Patching in Lyran.
> Glitch

> Hey guys. Not sure I’m going to get anything good for you. My spirit friend is spooked.
> Lyran

> Is that a joke?
> Bull

> Sorry, poor word choice. But it’s not interested in investigating anything. Doesn’t want to go out at all. Keeps talking about “too much corruption.”
> Lyran

> Deep. Deep. Underneath. Under. Underneath.
> Netcat

> This is crazy. I can’t find a any cameras online in St. Louis, Toronto, or Philadelphia. Everything’s out. How do they all go out?
> Glitch

> Lyran, what kind of corruption is your spirit talking about?
> Bull

> It doesn’t want to give any more details. Poor thing is absolutely terrified.
> Lyran

> Not seeing anything is killing me. Closest drone I’ve mobilized so far is still fifty kilometers away.
> Glitch

> Which means best-case scenario is we don’t get pictures for at least half an hour.
> Bull

> If we get anything at all.
> Glitch

> Th!s is an at†aqqww%. It udS41*shYYt@1aa anything else. But I don’t know whvvv@@9u.
> Kay St. Irregular

> Deep. Underneath. Rising.
> Netcat
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« Reply #1 on: (01:06:44/06-25-19) »
Day 2:

> Anyone slept?
> Glitch

> Of course not! Way too much going on.
> Bull

> Still at the hospital with íCat. Been here too long. Gonna have to burn the SIN sheís using when she gets out.
> Slamm-0!

> How is she?
> Glitch

> About the same. Still out, still mumbling sometimes. Doc thinks itís some kind of biofeedback damage. Like extreme dumpshock.
> Slamm-0!

> All right, keep an eye in her for us. But we need to talk about whatís going on.
> Glitch

> I know. Iím watching. Gotta keep myself occupied.
> Slamm-0!

> So Iíd sum up what I know, but Iím still not sure if I know anything. Thereís some active misinformation going on out there thatís mucking up the waters.
> Glitch

> What do you mean?
> Bull

> Iíve got two different feeds streaming in front of me right now. One of them shows rioting in Nashville. The other one shows normal nighttime traffic in Nashville, with the whole city looking peaceful. One of them is fake, but itís a good fake. Seamless.
> Glitch

> What do we know thatís verifiable?
> Bull

> Some cities are definitely dark. DeeCee, Philly, Newark. And I got some footage of the ARCHology in St. Louis before my drone was taken out. Take a look.
> Glitch

> They got some light in there. Looks like torches. Good for them.
> Slamm-0!

> Wait, what was that? Rewind about five seconds.
> Bull

> What are you looking at?
> Glitch

> Underside of the arch. Left of center. Thereís something moving.
> Bull

> Iím not seeing it.
> Glitch

> Watch the stars in the background. One goes out, then another one, then another. Because something is moving in front of them.
> Bull

> Heh. You can see the stars in St. Louis. Probably the first time a lot of those fraggers have seen how many of them there are.
> Slamm-0!

> Okay, I see it. Probably human sized, but crawling on the underside of the arch. Too bad drones canít see astral.
> Glitch

> What happened to your drone?
> Bull

> Got zapped. Donít know who did it. I sent another one, and it returned about half an hour ago. Itís docking and sending me what it got. Should be ready to view about Ö now! Enjoy.
> Glitch

> Yup, cityís still dark. Hope everyone burning stuff indoors knows how to ventilate.
> Slamm-0!

> Looks pretty calm.
> Glitch

> Thatís because weíre outside. We donít know whatís happening in that arch.
> Bull

> Whatís going on in that window to the left?
> Slamm-0!

> Hopefully the sub-routines I programmed into it will tell the drone to notice that window as something interesting so weíll get a better look
> Glitch

> Looks like it did. Yeah, thereís the chaos I was looking for. Whatís that room?
> Slamm-0!

> Looks like a restaurant. Good meeting place.
> Glitch

> Thatís not a meeting. That ork just decked somebody, solid. And on that pane to the right? That ainít ketchup.
> Bull

> Holy drek, that troll has someone lifted over her head. And sheísósheís not going toóis she?
> Slamm-0!

> Yeah, she is. Defenestration. That window must have been pummeled already to break like that. Who did she throw?
> Bull

> Please drone please drone please drone follow it down. And there it goes!
> Slamm-0!

> Letís get a look at that poor fragger.
> Glitch

> What the hell is that?!?!?
> Slamm-0!

> I donít even know what Iím looking at.
> Bull

> Is that a tentacle? A tumor? Whereís itís face?
> Slamm-0!

> Why is it wearing a jacket? Doesnít that look military?
> Glitch

> Wait. Back up. It got a shot of the left shoulder. Can we look closer?
> Bull

> What the hell Ö
> Glitch

> III Corps. Thatís III Corps.
> Bull

> How the hell does that thing have a III Corps jacket?
> Slamm-0!

> I donít know. But thatís what that is.
> Glitch

> III Corps disappeared almost 900 kilometers from St. Louis. What is that jacket doing here?
> Slamm-0!

> And how did that thing get it?
> Glitch

> And how did it get in the arch?
> Bull

> Good questions. But more footage is coming in. From lots of places. Going to try to compile it. Might take a day. This stuff is a mess.
> Glitch
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« Reply #2 on: (08:01:58/06-25-19) »
I'm making this thread sticky while stuff's going on.

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« Reply #3 on: (21:11:31/06-25-19) »
Because it's not fair to put all the work on one person. Today's is a bit shorter.

Day 3:

> Howís that video compilation coming along?
> Slamm-0!

> Rough. Files keep getting deleted. I think they have embedded code erasing them as soon as I try to monkey with them.
> Glitch

> Someoneís putting a lot of effort into all this.
> Bull

> Tell me about it. Iím developing new processes on the fly to try to get something.
> Glitch

> Like what?
> Slamm-0!

> Teaching bots to edit. Theyíre gathering stuff and assembling it without me putting an eye on it. Itís gonna be a mess, but it will be more than we have.
> Glitch

> Whatever you get, Iíll look at.
> Slamm-0!

> Itíll be up soon. Exceptóhell, someoneís trying to hack the footage!
> Glitch

> For why? Erasing it?
> Slamm-0!

> No. Looks like an old-school video pirate thing.
> Glitch

> Oh, I definitely want to see that. Get it up here.
> Slamm-0!

> Working on it.
> Glitch
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« Reply #4 on: (00:03:36/06-26-19) »
Glitch's video link (Day 4?):
https://vimeo.com/344454837

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« Reply #5 on: (09:55:30/06-26-19) »
Glitch's video link (Day 4?):
https://vimeo.com/344454837

Transcript:
[OVERLAPPING NEWS REPORTS]
Philly is down. Matrix is completely crashed here. Ejected and dumpshocked Ö
Violence has been reported Ö
A flash was reported over the city Ö
Baltimore has just gone dark Ö
A hundred and fifty thousand in critical condition Ö
Martial law declared across the UCAS Ö
New York, Halifax, and Providence Ö Lexington all gone dark Ö
Dumpshock death count rises Ö
Unknown origin Ö
D.C. next to fail Ö
Log off the Matrix immediately.

LOADING Ö
[SILHOUETTE SPEAKING]
We have access. We donít know how long it will last. Theyíre locking everything down. We have to act, and act quickly. Weíve been so busy responding to the emergency that we canít do anything else. But we have to. We canít just react; we have to stop them. Who are they? Look at what we know. Theyíre sending us a clear message: Everything you have, everything that youíre about, is fragile. The society that keeps you safe, that gives you the things that you need, can be taken away at a moment, in an instant. Everything can be lost. So we have to ask: Who wants to break society? Who always talks about destroying the world, tearing it down before it can be rebuilt? Who are the malcontents, the ones who think that they know better than everyone else, when what they really want is chaos, and power? Who are the ones willing to go to such extreme lengths to get it? You know who the destroyers are. Maybe you even know some of them. Or seen what they can do to the world. What they want to do. We have to act. We have to protect ourselves, and we canít let them get any stronger. [GUNSHOT] Theyíre a plague. They will bring disaster. We have to fix it. We canít just sit by and wait for things to get worse. We have to reclaim our world! [GUNSHOT]

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« Reply #6 on: (20:29:02/06-28-19) »
New chat! (06-29)

> So weíve had the video for a little, and hopefully weíve all removed ourselves from imminent danger. What do we know now?
> Glitch

> The claims about DeeCee are overblown. They whole city hasnít gone darkóit may have some rioting, but that could just be in response to the other cities.
> Bull

> Someoneís working hard on the misinformation. Iíve read at least three first-hand accounts of people living through the DeeCee blackout. Two of them Iíve debunked with a lot of confidence. The third is unclear. Matrix research is a bitch right now.
> Slamm-0!

> I assume youíve seen all the people who say that lights are and have been on.
> Glitch

> Yeah. Like I said, tons of misinformation out there. This is a big effort.
> Slamm-0!

> First, yeah, duh, but second, just because weíre getting all these accounts doesnít mean thereís a whole army of people involved. Give me one person and a few months of advance time, and Iíll get you dozens of fake eyewitness testimonies.
> Bull

> It just means we have to rely on what weíve always relied on: Word from the street.
> Glitch

> So who do we have on the ground in the UCAS?
> Bull

> Lyran is still in Philly. Frosty poked her head out to say sheís on the eastern seaboardósheís going to Toronto. Man-of-Many-Names is checking out St. Louis. Kay St. should still be in DeeCee, but I havenít heard from himóreally want to get word from him to straighten out whatís happening there. Sunshineís going to Newark.
> Glitch

> Calm down, Iím here. I hear youíve been looking for me?
> Kay St. Irregular

> Look at him, strolling in all casual.
> Slamm-0!

> I wouldnít say casual. Itís been a busy few days, as you can imagine. Still trying to sort everything out, obviously.

> Yes, we can imagine it fine, since you barely could get any text through last time we chatted.
> Bull

> I couldnít?
> Kay St. Irregular

> Yes. When you were sending us messages from DeeCee. You might not have seen it, but they got garbled on the way to us.
> Glitch

> Messages from DeeCee? I havenít made it there yet. Iíd been in Seattle, since there was a flurry of UCAS diplomats traveling there. Iíve been trying to make it to DeeCee since things went down, but travel sucks right now.
> Kay St. Irregular

> Youíre not in DeeCee?
> Bull

> Thatís what I said.
> Kay St. Irregular

> You werenít messaging us from there a few days ago?
> Bull

> Nope.
> Kay St. Irregular

> Were you messaging us from anywhere?
> Bull

> Still no.
> Kay St. Irregular

> Drek.
> Glitch

> Thatís not just someone spinning out a bunch of fakes stories over the past few months. Theyíve got skills.
> Bull

> Guess who gets to spend an evening reviewing and revamping all of our security protocols?
> Slamm-0!

> All of us.
> Glitch

> Oh. Poo.
> Slamm-0!

> But Iím also sending messages out to people on the ground. Letís annotate that video. See if we can start sorting out truth and misinformation. And see if we can figure out anything about that poor slot in the second half of the video.
> Glitch
 
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