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Dec 02, 2022 12:42 PM
Musoka gets yoinked into the Survivorverse
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"Which he will."

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"The Tyrant betrays people who are looking for an opportunity to betray him. He cooperates with people who are looking for an opportunity to cooperate with him. This is where he gets his minions from. All we have to do to not be betrayed is not plot to betray him -"

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"Yeah. About that."

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"We will not, in fact, as a group, not try to stop the Tyrant from taking over the world. We will just try to stop him, if we get the chance. You know perfectly well that if he gives us a contract to stop doing evil shit for ten years, we will spend those ten years gearing up for war and so will he. We are not friends, we're honest enemies at best, and we'll both be reading that contract for loopholes to try to take out the other the first chance we get."

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"I think there's someone we aren't consulting in this who we ought to."

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"Musoka responded to the Tyrant's request by asking me for advice, and I gave it. The Six as a whole are not agreed that we should overrule that decision. Correct?"

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"We are not."

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"No."

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"Then it's time to get ready for hell, isn't it?"

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"Sounds right to me."

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"Actually, it is probably time to prepare for everyone being de-aged and healed, if she's going to do that anyway. We should get all the energy we can - we'll need it."

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A Short Discussion Later...

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"... Which brings us to the question of the three billion dollar bounty."

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"Frankly, I'm more surprised that it went down than that it went up."

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"At three million dollars, I would agree with you. Billions... we already know that the Murdernet manager is willing to meddle. The details of this meddling makes it less likely it's - " she ends the sentence there "- or Mechanos. More weight for Theory Three."

(Theory Three: "Someone we have never heard of who wants to keep it that way.")

"This means -"

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" - ?", he says, trying to imitate the brief cutting off sound Minerva made.

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"The only file at the highest level of classification describes the situation that occurred," the Smith says carefully.

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"That's not ominous at all."

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"Yeah, uh... yeah. So, Minerva, you were saying?"

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"This means that whoever posted it almost certainly has to be from a national government. Yes, it's possible that an extremely major corporation had three billion dollars disappear, I have people looking into it, but the most likely option is either that one of the leading authoritarian powers posted the bounty, which is a problem since none of them, to the best of my knowledge, have any reason to want her dead, or that - an individual with generalized influence, possibly including mind control powers - persuaded someone important in one of them to post it."

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"In English?"

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"Most likely - Magister or the individual described in the sole file with the highest level of security classification."

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"And you're all hoping it's Magister, aren't you."

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"... I may be immune to her."

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"Time to read a file, then. What else is on the agenda?"

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