Adventure- Arecibo

Name: Adventure: Arecibo
Recorded: 2017.10.22


++ The Rupture, Io

Ghost: Hey Asher? Are you picking up anything strange on channel J-1869? Sounds kind of like music.

Asher Mir: Channel J what? No! No, I hear nothing of consequence on any of my scanners, including this one.

Ghost: That’s weird. I bet I can track it back to the source.

** Guardian approaches floating music box and entranced Vex

Ghost: Are they scanning that thing, or is it scanning them?

** Guardian examines floating music box

Ghost: There’s a message encrypted in this music. Got it. Some kind of quotation, “Real things in the darkness seem no realer than dreams.” Asher! Can you run an archive query for us? …Asher? …Channel’s down. I’ll run the query myself. So, it turns out, both the music and the quotation predate the Traveler’s arrival in this solar system. They’re old. Maybe we activated some sort of high-tech time capsule.

// REFERENCE Quotations reference The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu, 1008 AD

** Guardian follows music to another floating music box

** Guardian examines floating music box

Ghost: There’s another old quotation encoded here: “Misdirected by accident or intent, intelligence can foster its own ecstasies of growth and decay.” The weird thing is, this audio file was just updated. So… this cant be a time capsule. Someone’s trying to talk to us. No, no. Some thing. This has to be an AI, right? An old Golden Age AI. Like Failsafe…

// NOTE Subtitles say “An old Golden Age AI, here on Eden.”

// REFERENCE Quotations reference Parable of the Sower Octavia Butler, 1993

** Guardian follows music to another floating music box, surrounded by sleeping Vex

Ghost: They’re asleep. The music must have hypnotized them.

** Guardian examines the floating music box
** The floating music box activates and the sleeping Vex are destroyed

Ghost: This one says, “Once war has been undertaken, no peace is made by pretending there is no war.” What does that mean, “by pretending there is no war.” I’m not sure I like the new guy.

//REFERENCE Quotations reference Mahabharata circa 400 BC-200 AD

++ Warmind Vault JYS-2, Io
** Guardian follows music
** Vault doors open upon Guardian’s approach

Ghost: Someone must be expecting us. Is anyone here? Rasputin?

** Guardian follows music

Ghost: You know, I’m going to be really disappointed if this is all just an elaborate trap to kill us.

** Guardian secures Warmind Vault

Ghost: Weaponized music… Creepy quotations… All signs point to Rasputin, but. I don’t understand how he could be here.

** Guardian follows music
** Guardian examines door
** Door opens to reveal another floating music box

Ghost: Ah, that music… it hurts… just… give me a second… it says…

Ghost: Never ask for anything! Never for anything, and especially from those who are stronger than you. They’ll make the offer themselves, and give everything themselves.

Ghost: I don’t understand. Wait. Something’s happening… Gah!

Ghost (overridden): Red Sands! Mars! Ice caps! Ahhhhhh!

Ghost: Hey! Sorry, I spaced out for a second there. What were we doing?


Can this please be added into the full adventure. This doesn’t belong in a separate entry.
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I wasnt aware there was a full arecibo post…

there isnt… you just volunteered

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Lol Dani just voluntold you @HipNuts


lol, Hipnuts wasn’t wrong though.

‘Do. Or do not. There is no try’

Hopefully this covers it


Great work @HipNuts
Ive gone over it, and I think that’s everything unless there are triggers we don’t know about. But we can cross that bridge when we get there.

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Created Adventure: Arecibo based on this post.

Howdy- sorry for digging up old things. I noticed on the transcript that the other “pre-Traveler” quotations have footnotes saying where they are from. The final one (below) doesn’t have a footnote that I can see. From what I found, it is from “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov, a Russian novel published in 1967.