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DECK 6 - COMMAND (Part 1)
To: Delacroix, Dr. Marie
Subject: re: They're escaping!
I hope you're still alive, Ms. Delacroix. We really could use some guidance up here. They've got those lady cyborgs of theirs loading up the shuttles with those eggs... I don't know what their plan is... but it looks like they're running scared... I hear rumors of someone else, besides you, fighting back... Should I even hope to get out of this... I'm just gonna hang back... until I figure out what the hell to do...
From: Marie Delacroix
Subject: re: SHODAN
Polito indicated that the AI, who now I believe to be SHODAN, was actually going to... <<MESSAGE INTERRUPTED>>
Subject: re: Floating psi-users
The data gathering process is going well. Before I am taken by the Many, I will hopefully transmit a fair bit of information to whoever will listen. The large, floating creatures are not only capable of attacking with powerful psi-projections, but are psi-projections themselves. Destroying them only temporarily disables them. Their real source of power comes from a small control organism, which is usually located somewhat nearby. Although this control organism is quite powerful through its projections, it's eminently vulnerable once rooted out.
From: Tommy Suarez
Subject: re: Pod problems
Getting the escape pod working again wasn't as easy as we thought. Bec had to go back down to engineering! Thank God somebody managed to get the elevators turned on again. I found the bridge key and performed an override on the access protocols and now I think we're ready to go.
From: Anatoly Korenchkin
Subject: re: The machine-mother
The machine-mother has enlisted two avatars against us. They struggle, but they will fail against our unity. Does not the machine mother know her own creation is greater than she? She is cold and empty and we are warm and full... she seeks only to destroy... we seek to embrace... to include... all flesh will join ours or be wiped clean...
From: William Bedford Diego
To: General Laurie Brasco
Subject: re: My responsibility
I am a soldier and a simple man. I cannot explain what has happened to me or this mission. I take complete responsibility. I've brought danger to my ship, to my crew, to my honor. I cannot resist the changes that are happening to me. The call of the Many is seductive. They got Korenchkin, but that bastard is weak. I am not weak. I can resist this cancer... and if I cannot, I will remove it forcibly. God save the UNN.
Subject: re: A dream
They've cut off the central elevator. What's going on? Last night I had the strangest dream... I was in my room by myself... but all of a sudden, there was not just me there, but a hundred me's... a thousand me's... The strange thing was... it felt good... I felt like I was part of something... like I belong... I hope I have the same dream tonight...
Subject: re: Shuttle control
Paranoia has struck. Somebody has changed the access codes to the security station in the officer's quarters. And now we can't get at the key to shuttle control. I think Myers is the likely suspect. All that guy thinks about is conspiracy theories and naked girls.
Subject: re: What's going on?
Something is going on. Korenchkin has sealed himself off in deck 3. He keeps calling for people to go down there one by one. Vogel, Boynton, Swiderek. None of them have come back. If they call for me... I don't know what I'm gonna do. And Bronson is starting to make a lot of noise: 'You're the senior flight officer... you have to act.' I would... if I knew what the hell was going on.
Subject: re: Korenchkin
I got an email from Korenchkin this morning saying he was coming up for an inspection. And when he arrived it was... something... revolting... it was Anatoly... but it wasn't... at the same time it seemed beautiful... and I felt like part of it... He sang to us... all of us... and we felt like one of Many...
Subject: re: Security rewired
I rewired the security station to 83273. I don't trust any of those bastards...