Armageddon Session Notes – 23 February 2013

Corbett dreams of Chief Fagan, he can barely make out the words she’s attempting to tell him.  She says, “the funny thing about the K-F drive…the thing they don’t like telling people…Corbett?  Corbett stop staring at my tits, this is important…”

Corbett wakes as an uncomfortable effect of the Normandy’s gravity drive passes through him.  He notices that Gerst is missing from his bunk.  He finds him in the passage between the CIC and the bridge, where Blake had been revealed to be a false memory, where he presses Corbett with his photo of Bramer, Geers, and himself in which he insists he still sees Blake.

Later that morning, the team assembles their geer and examines the Ares site from orbit.  During the First Succession War, several nuclear weapons had been detonated on the planet, causing the already harsh environment to be even harsher.  The Ares facility is in ruins, but orbital reconnaissance shows several cook fires and activity in the area.  The team lands several miles out and approaches on foot.

Ian and Hudson approach a lone man cooking over an open fire in a burnt-out building on the outskirts of the worker town.  Once the man notices the Agamemnon insignia on the pair, he informs them that they’re late, and asks them if they’re original crew or “series 7”.  When asked what “series 7” is, he starts speaking of how a man named George owes him money.  He seems quite in the know about the fate of the Agamemnon and the Exodus and speaks regularly of stories told by the White Queen.  He asks if they’re alone, and tells them the Librarian will be overjoyed to see them.

The rest of the party approaches, and the man leads them into the facility, announcing to everyone he passes that they are original Agamemnon crew – the party gathers quite a crowd as they move several levels deep into the Ares facility and finally into a large cafeteria that is packed literally full of stacks of paper and filing cabinets.  In the center of the chaos they meet a wizened man, the Librarian.  He immediately begins asking questions, tracing the journey of the Agamemnon crew from the time of the misjump on.

Through inference and a few direct questions, the team discovers that the White Queen, presumably an AI, has been making predictions for two hundred years, and the caretakers of the facility have catalogued them and waited until the true predictions can be revealed.  As the questions are asked, the Librarian eventually has to turn to documents in a cabinet that appears separate and revered from the others.  His mood becomes very somber as he continues asking questions and tracing the branches of the predictions.

During the conversation, the voice of a young girl breaks into the team’s radios.  She informs the team that she’d been trapped in a security closet for some time, having been brought to the facility by a fanatical father.  She also makes the obvious statement that the Librarian is not entirely stable and that he’s currently reading from a “very bad cabinet” and that the team should be ready to act.

Finally, the Librarian asks a few seemingly innocuous questions, and ends finally by looking up to Corbett – having reached a path that ends with the destruction of Rasputin – and asks him why he felt he had to do it, and pulls a sidearm.

 

 

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