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23 August 2015 @ 10:05 pm
Question for the readers  

I'm going to maroon these guys for a short while. What is more credible?

A permanent gate with a new mechanism so anyone can close it and release the cones? That, when the rebellion in _Exterior Relations_ touches off someone does close the gate, by Ebko's orders. _Or_ would a powered gate who's scheduled time could simply be cancelled, possibly with sabotage to the gate anchor, work better?

The assumption being that that will take a lot of attention away from Granite Peak at a crucial time for the rebellion. "OMG! FIND THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER!!!!!"

_Or_ it could be due to the insect swarms triggering a biological emergency protocol. And of course being reported to Subdirector Ebko, who's too busy to pass it on. Or laughed gleefully and stuck it in file thirteen.

So, the question is: Best means and type of gate?
Deliberate or Bio emergency?

I don't actually have to decide about the malice or motive right now. But I do have to decide about the gate.

Zan Lynxzlynx on August 24th, 2015 05:08 am (UTC)
I don't like the idea of messing with permanent gates without a mage. It leads to lots of other things like devices to create them without a mage.

How about a third option? The planet they're on has lots of weird ruins right? What if there was something going on in there like old tech-magic hardware that drops them all into a time bubble, or raises a force field. Or there are people from before the ruins released from stasis and they do something that breaks the gates.
hollybambolo on August 24th, 2015 05:51 am (UTC)
I thought they were on a regular powered gate. I guess I assumed that because of the passage in the first part about whichever administrator it is (Ajki?) not liking to use DISCO's gate services, so Ebsa should forget about that.
Keeping them on a standard Oner powered gate would be in line with that passage. It also seems, well, safer, when you're dealing with different biospheres. They don't even have to be dangerous animals to be, well, dangerous, as in rabbits in Australia. (The Fallen are appallingly careless when it comes to unintended consequences. The Oners and Earthers ought to be more cautious--they have history.)

Seems to me like there are too many conspirators as it is: my preference is for the bio emergency. Maybe the insects could damage the gate anchor if necessary instead of needing a conspirator to do it?
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on August 24th, 2015 02:28 pm (UTC)
For a powered gate you would have to do a rewrite - Ebsa would have to wait for the scheduled gate but would get to the camp directly (there are other passages (tires) =="Three. I've got them here, so we don't have to wait for them, or go across and collect them ourselves.==)

Given the size of the exploration effort and its purely scientific nature not getting a permanent gate would be bad economics with no likely reasons against and the additional advantage of better isolation of One World than the temporary gate would provide.

Now, given the unknown event that destroyed Paradise, Q might have been asked to plan for a swift shutdown without loss of position and added some 'handles' of her own invention as an experiment.

Going back to the witch Arrow in External Relations, she might be asked to take down some other gates to make it less obvious that Granite Peak is the real target and sees the 'handles' as a Big Red Button "what will this do ?

Little Egret in Walton-on-Thames
(Anonymous) on August 21st, 2016 11:02 pm (UTC)
Late options
Reading this a little late, but so far a Disco gate through guarded hubs is the existing in the storyline. So one option is a break in the chain for other reasons. But a real and "file 13'ed" protocol or a faked bioterror with Ebko accidentally leaking it to the press sounding like an epic disaster would fit