While we lack a formal department structure, there are still a number of large projects that need considerable community involvement. I'm sure some of you are looking for places you can help out, so I've compiled some suggestions.

- If you're technically inclined, we're always looking for more people to help with the network. Things are much less restricted than they were in the days of the Communication Department. Contact ryuuzaki to get involved with that.

- Bill Adama coordinates the formal watch and is working on constructing a stockade. Contact husker.

- Chell has very few people remaining from the old Agriculture department and is looking for more hands in the garden. Contact chell

- Wash is organizing an expedition to salvage water purification equipment to de-acidify the water. Contact pteradon

- Rey has constructed a series of traps along the perimeter. Be sure to watch out for those. If you want to discuss laying traps for defense and catching food, contact hotdamn

- Charles Xavier continues to collect those with a scientific background. Contact xavier

If you have skills that you're not sure how to apply, I can try to direct you to the most pertinent person. Or if you have a large project you'd like included in this list.
12 January 2016 @ 12:15 am
[The video is very short: the camera focuses on one of the pieces of strange fabric that fell during the jump, then changes position so the cloth can be seen from a different angle, causing a shift of light that makes the writing show up. She speaks over the image, but isn't on camera herself.]

I found this, and I know I wasn't the only one: there was more of it out there.

If this design is writing, can anybody read it? I've never seen it before.
06 January 2016 @ 08:18 pm
This is Mystique. These days you probably know me from the inconsistently gluey consistency of my campfire cooking. [Or from the fact she's still missing a foot, but she spares the network her self-pity. Suffice to say, though, she's a far cry from the reptilian ninja she once advertised herself as.]

I know we have pressing concerns. The animal attacks, disappearances, the stockade, corpses in day-glo crypts and other weird discoveries. Passing out after the Jumps. This isn't trying to take away attention from that, but I'm gonna assume it's connected somehow.

Our new powers. Some of you know what I'm talking about.

And by new, I mean since the crash. If you're an elf, this isn't elf magic. If you're a wizard, this isn't what you're used to doing with your wand. If you're a mutant, this isn't your mutation. Me, I've been able to make stuff out of thin air. It never lasts, but for a little, while it's real. Anything from bread to bullets.
[Or an accidental tractor tire! Sorry, Bucky.] I've been getting better at it with every passing month.

Before we arrived here, while we were still aboard the tranquility, a lot of us started to display similar new abilities[OOC link]. These turned out to be connected to the murderous and eventually pro-van rijn entity that was 'haunting' the ship, but learning control seemed to relate to the way that we ultimately overpowered it too.

Do you have new powers? New theories?
02 January 2016 @ 11:17 pm
We keep having animal attacks. Even with regular perimeter patrols, that's cause for concern. With people still living in tents, we're too exposed. I know people have been making efforts to construct other dwellings, but those piecemeal efforts can only take us so far.

One thing we have an overabundance of is trees. If we get everyone working together, we can build a simple stockade and increase the security of the camp. It's not complicated engineering, but we need bodies to get it up in a timely manner, especially with the jungle increasingly coming up with new threats.
01 January 2016 @ 01:04 am
after seeing that last post, was thinking of the disappearances in general.
not just the handful that have also vanished without a trace recently.

just worried that people have been a little too quick to assume that everyone vanishing are going home, even if that's what the ship did each jump when it was still spacefaring.

so does anyone have other theories as to where people have been going?

home after all? taken? obsolete?

perhaps our "friends" in the jungle may have an idea?
31 December 2015 @ 02:18 pm
i never thought i'd see anything uglier than a behemoth but here we are with these grody space animals
even though i don't think anyone has, you probably shouldn't eat them
so if anyone has found any new plant things that we can eat it'd be good to know now
and if these things keep comin into the camp like they have been we'd better get some better defenses up
30 December 2015 @ 10:12 pm
So while I take a break after my super fun day getting attacked by some seriously gross looking birdwhatever animals every three minutes while totally failing to find anything worth hunting, here's a thought:

What are the chances that finding nanite canisters in the woods and then the animals getting all mutated is a coincidence? I'd bet probably pretty low. I mean I don't remember any of us going crazy aggressive, but the physical symptoms seem pretty similar, don't you think?

As far as I know we don't have the ability to test for them to be sure and I don't think there really is anything we can do about it if it is, either. (Science people please feel free to correct me, I'd be happy to be wrong!)

But it begs the question of how the nanites got out there to begin with. We should be careful until we figure out the source, because it seems like it's probably got to be something bigger than the couple closed cans we found at that crash site. Maybe? Maybe not, I don't know. But any ideas or if anybody else has spotted them anywhere, speak up and maybe we can figure this out.

They look like this:
[ A brief video clip follows, where she holds up a metal canister in illustration. ]
28 December 2015 @ 10:17 pm
So, really weird Survivor-style place. When do we start voting people off the island?

Okay, okay. Seriously speaking, though. Any of you need some help with getting fires lit to cook and stuff, I'm your guy. [ He grins, evidently mischievous. Clearly, the whole new world thing hasn't dampened his spirits too much. ]

Ladies, any of you wanna have a warm body right there beside you during those really chilly nights? I'm definitely your guy. [ He snaps his fingers, a flicker of flame glowing bright at the tip before it dies out. ] Gotta tell you, I'm a great cuddler.
25 December 2015 @ 03:02 pm
Anyone out there have a lighter or something? Flint? I could use anything that creates a reliable spark. Matches, even. My scavenging efforts are apparently subpar when it comes to finding things I could actually use. On the other hand I've found a superfluous amount of spoons and broken screws so if anyone needs those I'm your man. [Look, not everyone can be a hoarding genius, okay?]

I've seen a couple of nice-so-great looking animals a little too close to camp for comfort. Open sores, mangy, probably not a good sign. I know some of you hunt. I would definitely steer clear of those. If you kill one, it might be more prudent to burn the corpse than butcher it.

That I can do. Without setting the whole damn jungle on fire.
22 December 2015 @ 04:00 pm
Riddles and surveys seem to be the popular thing lately. I guess the cabin fever had to set in eventually. Or do we call it tent fever here?

I guess I'll contribute with a joke. How many bullets does it take to stop an animal that's fast, aggressive, and already bleeding?

Two. One to bring it down and another for the twitching. It's a horrible punchline, but there's too many kiddies listening for one of my better jokes. Ma

Take a little extra caution outside the camp. These things usually run away.
Survey Addition

Please rank the following in order of preference, or submit alternate options if you're feeling either creative or difficult.

- Bearasaur
- Beargon
- Dinosaur-Bear
- Dinoved
- Dragon-Bear
- Elaine
- Hammerhead Dinosaur-Bear (hammerhead)
- Medvaurus
- Roarasaurus
- Tyrannosaurus Pooh
- Ursus Horridus
- Zmajved

Thank you.

[ Sorry for the spam, but this is very important. I may not reply to everything if it's just a ranking/vote. (Feel free to threadjack though!) ]
17 December 2015 @ 07:41 am
is there anyone still in need of materials or labour to build a shelter up off the ground
16 December 2015 @ 11:15 pm
Answer any of the following privately to receive a more difficult puzzle in reply.

1. What is the name of the land of fire with the burning mountain in it?

2. There is a four-digit number, with digits abcd (d in the ones position, c in the tens, and so on), that fulfills the following conditions. What is the number?
    a = b/3
    b = b
    c = a+b
    d = 3b

3. You are running in a race. Just before the finish line, you pass the person in second place. What place did you finish in?


1. Search with your mind, not your feet. This is for entertainment purposes only. Don't go looking for a burning mountain.
2. Send answers privately. Don't spoil it for anyone else.
3. Unless someone donates prizes, the only prize is more puzzles.

Read more... )
15 December 2015 @ 05:34 pm
Who the hell wants electricity?
All in favor say Please. And preferably bring me something to eat.
And a saw. And copper. And some of that acid water. And some goddamn
13 December 2015 @ 08:01 pm
This isn't a Support survey because Support no longer exists, but if you have a moment:

(1) Are you working on anything you need help with?

(2) Do you have help to offer other people?

(3) Do you have any weird skills that you don't currently know how to use but might come in handy someday if we're in the middle of a crisis and need someone with e.g. an extensive knowledge of 1800s Australian history to save us all?

(4) If we make a short paper guide to where we are and what's happened, so that in the event that we're all killed in one go by acid rain or vicious dinosaur-bears but the ship continues to turn out new people, they have something to go on, what do you think should go in it?

(5) Do we have a better name than dinosaur-bears?

Thank you. :)
10 December 2015 @ 09:25 pm
[When Muscovy appears, he looks a bit scratched up but also thrilled, glowing with the joy of a successful hunt. ...He also is confused, and a bit upset, (even though he is still smiling brightly) and that is why he is contacting the network.]

I found a little frog.

[He holds up his hands, which are forming a globe around... something. It's obviously invisible due to it being caught between his hands, but there are odd dark brown smears on his hand. They look almost like... chocolate.]

It is really strange and it didn't die when I hit it, but it is melting now and I can't make it stop that. Does anyone know how to make brown frogs stop melting? It is very silly to just melt after being hit couldn't kill you.

[He'll spread his fingers a bit so that one can, with a bit of squinting and watching closely, see a dark brown frog between his hands. ...Well, it looks like a chocolate frog that has been held in one's palms for a bit too long and melted a bit, and his fingers are even more chocolate stained on the inside. It also seems to have a pretty cramped situation between the boy's small fingers, because it definitely fills all the space in there.]
09 December 2015 @ 07:50 pm
( the video is short and sweet, a panning shot to fully take in Garrett Hawke, frozen in the act of bringing some firewood back to camp. apparently, Enfys has had time to move from distress to boredom, because she's at some point gone and dug up the handbag she originally arrived with and made good use of resources. it's not like she was rationing the makeup in it for anything important. probably no better opportunity to use it will come her way, so whatever, he looks great now. filled in his brows, gave him a nice red lip, lined his eyes the way her mother told her made her look like a tramp. his nails have been painted a deep shade of purple.

and there is a dick on his cheekbone. )

i need to see an elf about a big dog man.
07 December 2015 @ 02:18 pm
I've made some sticks.

[ The video begins as if in mid conversation, because hey, we're all friends, here. Hawke's voice is audible as the speaker, but the feed is pointed downwards, where a cluster of -- indeed -- sticks are gathered on the ground. Or rather, roughly crafted staves. A sense of scale gives the impression that they're at least five to six foot in length, trimmed and mostly polished smooth, ends blunted. The video doesn't move from this view throughout. ]

They're for hitting one another with, although allegedly, some skill goes into it. Not fancy, when compared to your amazing thunder blast wands [ he knows they're called 'guns', probably ] but at least they don't run out of anything. If you'd like to learn how to hit things with sticks really well, I'll be practicing west of camp. We can have a go at each other. It'll be fun.

[ Definitely for Hawke, anyway. ]
05 December 2015 @ 01:18 am
[Well, the username seems only natural.


put up some traps up north. bout half a mile.

[IT'S LITERALLY BEEN A MONTH SINCE HE'S BEEN SEEN and this is what he returns with. Hi, guys, you wouldn't even know he was back if not for the fact that he's just using the network to warn preemptively about something. He's in desperate need of a haircut and his beard is getting intense because he really hasn't touched it since he shaved, uhh... the first month of landing? He's a fast-growing beard machine, guys. Not that you can see it, because Mr. Anti-social is all texts today.

He attaches the coordinates for the general areas of where they are, just FYI. He wasn't going to because he thinks it doesn't matter, but then he realizes y'all are gonna bitch about not being precise. And god help him, he doesn't want to deal with complaining people who want to go south.]

it's for the food supply in camp.

don't walk into them.

i don't want to eat you.

[... But feel free to have not seen the message and walk into them anyway. They're the good old-fashioned types: pitfalls that are horrible to climb out of, and those annoying rope-to-tha-ankle tree traps that drag you a story into the air. He'll come across you eventually to complain and huff and puff and get you loose.

Good times.]
04 December 2015 @ 12:04 am
[Out of nowhere, your worst fears confirmed: in bold red -- ]


... Nah! I'm just messing with you! Bahaha. [Like it's not obvious; his name is right up there, but he's a doof. Though to be honest, also he's genuinely curious if Smiley would actually appear at his own mention, should his ego be that inflated. Because nobody even knows if the ship is completely non-functioning in that regard, huh? How much still effects them, from the bowels of that place? Hughes is starting to think crashing really did a number on anything in there that could have communicated with them once upon a time, though.] It's Hughes here. How many of you have even been around long enough to recognize that? Can't help but wonder how long it'll take before we have just a few select people who've even been in the ship when it flew... After all, how many of you are even from the first jump? Or even the first ten? There'd been so many by the time I had woken up here.

On that thought, I figured maybe we could share some information here in this entry. Now that we have a means of doing it, anyway. Me, personally? I'd only been on the Tranquility for a few months. But I know it has quite a history. You're all testimony to that. Wouldn't want the story of your time there to die, right?

... Unless you'd rather do that, since we don't have the booze to drink it away.

Eh. Anyway. We could always move around texts to a larger file, try to reconstruct a new jump informational document. Shouldn't take as much as voice or video-based entries. And of course, as a note, anything less pertinent but still interesting to hear would be good, too. Tell us newer folk things that really stuck with you, if you're feeling brave about it. Or we can just all complain about missing the food we had in the kitchens. I'll admit, you really miss it when it's gone. Hell, it's a good way to pass the time, learning about things before our crashing and burning. The first more than the latter.

... And yes, if anyone is interested in emoticons, please send me your best and brightest ones. If you don't know what they are, you're missing out on new age material. I'm here to help. And possibly make things worse here by flooding the comm with a newly adopted family of emoticon soldiers.

ᕕ(ᐛ)ᕗ Everyone stay safe and don't fall into acidic rivers! Thanks!

[Hughes is the hippest most happenin' dad.]