The Let's Play Archive

System Shock 2

by Psychedelic Eyeball

Part 5

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Date: 02.JUN.14
From: Rebecca Siddons
To: Suarez, Tommy
Subject: re: Lame old me

They aren't making this easy for us, are they? I miss you. I know it's stupid, but I do. I think I'll wallow in self pity for an hour or so and then write you again. Figures, I have to travel 67 trillion miles to meet a man. Once you're transferred to the Von Braun, everything will be better. I'll be better, I promise. Great, someone's coming. Counting the seconds...

Date: 03.JUL.14
From: Malone
To: Mak Pao research authority
Subject: re: Psionic chimps!

A laboratory worker from MedSci called me down to the vivisection room yesterday. He felt the lab chimps were exhibiting uncommon intelligence. I sat with one for four hours and tried to probe it with the psi amp on a beta 4 cycle. It failed to respond. I of course assumed it was because it was, naturally, incapable of reacting to the sophisticated beta 4 cycle. But then I realized it was blocking the probe intentionally! As soon as I raised the psi-amp to attack it, the creature lashed out with its arms and projected a cryokinetic field towards me, paralyzing my arm. I immediately psi-dampened the monkey and then stunned it with an electric prod.

Date: 06.JUL.14
From: Malone
To: Mak Pao research authority
Subject: re: Further experiments

Taking precautions, I proceeded with further experiments. Since we've reached Tau Ceti, the creatures have gotten smarter and somehow gained limited psi abilities. I probed another subject with a beta 5 cycle and sensed many things, but mostly an incredible empathy. The chimps have become acutely aware of their own history, of the vivisections and experiments that have been performed on them while onboard the Von Braun. They have anger, and they are ready to express it. Clearly they are both a fascinating scientific resource and an incredible security risk. My recommendation... either freeze them in cryo storage for the remainder of the mission or liquidate them immediately. Who knows what other abilities they'll acquire?

Date: 11.JUL.14
From: Tommy Suarez
To: Siddons, Rebecca
Subject: re: Hang tight

Stay where you are, Bec, I mean it. This isn't something you can fight, this isn't something you can run from. If you love me, you won't come looking for me. Just hang tight... I won't let you down.

Date: 11.JUL.14
From: William Bedford Diego
Subject: re: Resist the call

My duty is to the UNN and to this ship. But can I resist the call of the Many? My father's weakness brought SHODAN into existence. MY weakness has invited these things aboard the Von Braun... can I undo the wrong I have done?