They're keeping her the extra few months so she hasn't graduated by the time Behemoth hits in October. She has precedent to stay home. It's far enough away that even Transit isn't remarkable for skipping it.
She's got a laptop-sized rig attached to her front plates but her dad can't carry anything bigger plus her, and he's going to be carrying her around a lot.
Rete dedicates a subprocess stored aboard Transit's helmet to telling him which direction to go based on scans of the skies. They wait till Dragon's good and busy across the globe.
And Lorica starts tunneling in.
Dragon has automatic security that bats aside subtle probes with so little focus that she's not sure they're even consciously noticed. Rete eventually piggybacks a little worm on the process that's relaying backup updates from the Endbringer site to Vancouver.
This'd be easier if she could just work on a copy. Considers that, rejects as infeasible. Too big. Insufficient bandwidth, insufficient space. Have to do it live. Need to find the self-defense restriction first, loosen that up, not all the way in case there's someone else waiting in the wings to make other changes, Dragon would've let Fëanáro read her and Lorica can do just the same as long as Dragon doesn't have to keep her on a time limit.
It takes hours to find. Like thrusting both hands into a sack of rice to search blind for a lentil. Normally Rete would interrupt her after this much fugue. She keeps going. Rete does priority filtering, tells her it's under attack here and there needs this and that found thus and such -
She finds the section she's looking for. It offends her specialist sensibilities. It's a bejeweled ornithopter dragging a pack of snails by chain leashes. It's an effort to start with the one she had in mind and only shrink it, not strike all the hobbles from existence.
Rete has to clone its worm six times to keep up with the edits Lorica is serving to the code and then again when Dragon manages to kill half of the intrusive programs and Transit is teleporting a lot, Dragon must have abandoned Behemoth -
The drones in the sky leave.
Transit takes them back to HQ and Rete brings them both Chinese takeout and sends Fëanáro a courtesy email that the time-sensitive step of the process is done.
She's not designed to optimize a single value, I saw that much. She was definitely made from the start to be a person.
I think that's a different dimension. The Valar are, like, definitely people with dumb goal systems.
Okay, but what I meant was that she's not built around getting some specific thing.
That is less dangerous than if she was. I don't know how to evaluate, like, Valar-shaped risks. Or risks that what she wants could change under self-modification, presumably she can be careful of that?
I'd assume. I haven't looked that deeply.
We've got a few months to work with now.
She says Rete can look at whatever it wants but wants that layer of filtering.
That seems reasonable to me.
Yeah. I'm giving it some new structures for the purpose and then it'll go do that. ETA Tuesday morning, she's huge.
Weird. He's - not the same thing as the Endbringers but more similar to them than to people, in terms of how much of the thoughts and experiences don't have human or Elf analogues. He has amazing senses, lots and lots of them, and ridiculously good precognition, and is paying attention sort of all the time to everything, and he can see parahuman powers, like - shards clinging to people. Don't ask me shards of what. I think he knows about alternate dimensions and is paying them attention too. He's - really really sad and sort of just going through the motions. Something is horribly wrong - like he's half-dead? and it's the half that does, like, long-term planning and ambitions and creativity.
...okay I don't know what to do with that.
Yeah me neither.
Anything about why these motions and not different motions?
Might just be inertia? This is the thing he was doing when he lost the planning facilities? He wasn't thinking about it at the time - I only do surface thoughts -
We're assuming he's not a cape? If he were a cape getting half-dead would be a candidate for a trigger event, although I guess it could be a second trigger.
I really don't think he was ever human. I suppose we don't know if nonhumans can trigger - Dragon's not actually a cape, right -
No she's not.
So maybe he's an alien. He might not even be from this dimension, he can definitely go between them.
Should you ask him for a ride home?
If we're still overmatched yeah, I'll do that, petition the Valar to help. But it wouldn't be my first choice.
So Dragon is still plan A, okay.
The Valar are really the wrong tool for this job. Better than nothing but it's really not their thing.
What would they do?