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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by Red and the Transistor on Wed May 27, 2015 5:24 pm

    As the machine leaned in menacingly, Red cowered somewhat behind the raised Transistor, partly to put some sort of barrier between her and it, and partly in preparation to fire off a Crash() if it became any more of a threat. She wasn't expecting everything to go wrong like this- Nevermind that the experiment didn't even work, the Transistor wasn't supposed to do that! It was just a machine, wasn't it? The Transistor shouldn't have been able to do that to a Proxy or A.I. or... whatever this thing was. It couldn't possibly have a real Trace, could it?

    But then a thought struck Red- what if this thing wasn't an A.I. after all? What if it really did hold someone's Trace, like the Transistor did?

    Speaking of Traces in Transistors, one in particular was rather unhappy at the way the robot was treating Red after saving its life, and made no effort to hide it.

    "Listen here you overgrown calculator-" the Transistor's glow was nearly white with the intensity of the voice it accompanied, and looking at the gem adorning its blade one almost got the feeling it was scowling somehow "I told you several times over the course of two days that connecting to the Transistor was a bad idea. But did you listen, of course not! Why listen to us? What would a mute singer and her late boyfriend know about how the device that killed him and stole her voice might actually be dangerous? But hey- " his voice took on a mock robotic quality, partly imitating the way the robot's voice modulator handled certain words " -I heard him say it took him somewhere they weren't supposed to go and back. That means I can science it into taking me somewhere I want to go but can't. Because Science!"

    He paused for a moment, during which one could almost hear heavy breathing somehow emanating from within the Transistor.

    "So you just went and did things your way, sticking your plugs into places they didn't belong. And to the surprise of no-one but miss GLaDOS- or however the hell you pronounce that- you nearly died- or worse- with nothing to show for it."

    Well, almost nothing. It appeared the Transistor was able to make use of what little data it had gathered from the floating mainframe, and had apparently developed a new Function from it. Now nearly every major thing in Red and the Transistor's field of vision had a little indicator sprouting from it bearing the name of the object and a little bit of trivia about it. For example, the one on the giant angry machine said "GLaDOS", and under that "Processor temperature: 87° C". Off to the side was a "Bookshelf" that had a "Books on shelf" count somewhere in the hextuple digits, and a row of terminals were all marked with "Library Computer" and under that "Logged in = FALSE".

    This influx of data wasn't exactly unfamiliar to Red; back in Cloudbank the Transistor could do this without a Function, but here in Portal City Red realized it hadn't done this up until that machine- a GLaDOS, it was called?- tried to plug into it, though right now she was too busy worrying about the argument it and her companion were having to care much about pointless trivia right now.

    Though one in particular located in an empty spot on the ground behind her managed to catch her attention, but right now she was too busy being frozen in fear to dare move toward it. If she could though it might have proved helpful to their current situation, if only she didn't currently need the Transistor to defend herself...
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by GLaDOS on Wed May 27, 2015 6:11 pm

    Something within her went reeling at the sound of her own name not only being spoken, but spoken with such disrespect. If there had been any hope of calming GLaDOS, it was long gone now as she loomed in closer, now glaring into the ugly red gem on the Transistor rather than at the human.

    "Oh, I'm sorry," she began, anger still rippling beneath the sarcasm, "It appears your memory must be malfunctioning, which is hardly surprising for a pathetic excuse for technology such as yourself. You said that it involved a risk for humans, which I am not. You also seem to be forgetting that the very reason you agreed to this in the first place is because you wished to return home, and this might have been our chance at it had not that murderous device of yours tried to kill me."

    The potential irony was not lost on her, but she dismissed it--that device's nearly killing her in the experiment was not the same as her... permitting the deaths of a few expendable humans during testing.

    "I may have had something to show for it if that device of yours weren't completely insane. But, as that is the case, I think it is best that we end this little experiment here, unless you have some desire to get one of us killed, thus ruining your chances of ever returning to that mindless place you call home."
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by Red and the Transistor on Wed May 27, 2015 7:50 pm

    Red slowly backed away as the GLaDOS leaned in closer, continuing to rant menacingly about the inferiority of humans, how the Transistor was murderous, and how pointless it was to try to return to "mindless" Cloudbank. As much as its threats upset her, she did find herself agreeing somewhat with it on a few points- the Transistor did kill her best friend and nearly kill her, and she often felt life in Cloudbank to be a little shallow at times- some of her songs even reflected this disdain- but right now that wasn't important. What was important was the point on the ground behind her which she now backed slowly toward.

    A point labeled "Potential Access Point Located".

    "You know what? Fine." the Transistor spoke up as Red began to lift it over said highlighted area.

    "Red, we're done here. You heard the lady, for all it's worth we may as well go find ourselves a flatbread joint or-"

    Without further warning Red plunged the Transistor into the ground. Rather than simply crack the floor beneath it, a glowing seam formed under it, causing it to sink in without affecting any of its surroundings.

    Once it was about halfway down, the gem on the Transistors pommel lit up, and began projecting a rectangular screen in the air above it. A screen that made a familiar digital chime and formed a slightly less familiar menu screen listing all her Functions over a linear list of empty boxes, alongside three buttons labeled "Analyze", "Limiters", and "Command".

    "-or... you could do... that?"
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by GLaDOS on Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:43 pm

    GLaDOS really wished she had panels, and turrets, and neurotoxin--she could surround this stupid little human in walls that closed in closer, or have a few guns pointed in her direction, or open a couple vents--anything to threaten these two worthless beings. But right now all she had were a few claws and a shockprod, and that wasn't really a lot when the person she was facing wielded a device that could easily kill her. Even so, she felt better at seeing the red-haired human back away from her...

    ...until she realized just why the human was doing that.

    Without warning the human plunged her weapon into the ground, causing the object to, bizarrely enough, sink into the floor without breaking it. Right. The bizarre technology from their world. Part of her was fascinated by all of this--new Science, things she hadn't fully studied yet--but she was too angry to let herself get distracted.

    She shrugged her chassis. "Unless you have some other idea that does not involve killing me, I believe we are done here. I do not trust that device of yours."

    Nevertheless, she did linger for a moment, wondering just what the human was planning on doing with the Transistor after she'd stabbed it into the ground like that.
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by Red and the Transistor on Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:25 pm

    "Hey don't look at me, it's never done this before."

    ...ok, actually it has done this before, but you always needed an Access Point, you couldn't just do it on any old ground.

    Red wasn't exactly sure either why the Transistor was doing this, but she had a good idea how to find out. She recognized the main portion of the display as her list of available Functions, but what she didn't recognize was the fact that it was laid out all in a line rather than the old format, which had some smaller spaces for running Functions in Upgrade or Passive mode. Neither did she recognize the third and final Function currently on the list- she clearly recognized Crash() and Breach(), but this third one- touching its icon revealed its name to be Parse()- was new.

    Curious, she then tapped the Analyze button, which she hoped still served the purpose of providing information on a Function's... well, function, and perhaps a bit of background on the Trace that provided it. She gasped in mild shock when she was greeted with the glowering face of the GLaDOS in the bio profile window.

    "Oh, that explains it. So uh... it looks like your experiment did us some good after all."
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by GLaDOS on Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:18 pm

    GLaDOS continued to watch the human and the Transistor in silent--and well-hidden--curiosity. The object was projecting a menu of some sort, and she studied it against the information she'd gathered last night. She'd read about it, yes, but actually seeing it in action was another thing. When the not-AI spoke up again, she didn't respond, still watching to see what the human would do.

    When the human's examination of the menu suddenly revealed a picture of GLaDOS's face, she froze up for a moment. What? She'd known the device had analyzed her, but she still hadn't expected that.

    "I suppose it did," she admitted lowly, coiling in on herself slightly. "But what good is that, specifically?"

    Something that will probably only benefit those two, she thought, her inner wires twisting in disgust.
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by Red and the Transistor on Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:51 pm

    "Good question. Hey Red, can you tab over and see what all this new Function does?"

    His request fell on deaf ears. Red was currently engrossed in reading the GLaDOS's bio page, hoping to finally get some answers to the questions she had concerning this enimgatic Trace-bearing machine. Just what was it actually? How was it possible for a machine to have a Trace? Why did it act like it was planning to murder everyone?

    [Background
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    "What little is known about the Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System, or GLaDOS, was derived solely from data found on its hardware's memory banks, but either conflicts with or contradicts several official Cloudbank census records. If this data is to be believed, then GLaDOS was created by a research organization calling itself Aperture Science, evidently for the purpose of performing administrative duties and overseeing the operation of the company's main facility. While Aperture had supposedly been known for violating several employee safety laws in the past, the years under GLaDOS's reign of terror were a human resources disaster, as its experimentation with "quantum tunneling technology" alone necessitated the evacuation of nearly all testing staff to the Country, with the notable exception of one particularly stubborn test subject...]

    "Red? Hello? You going to check that other tab anytime soon?"

    Red blinked and shook her head slightly as she snapped back to reality. Perhaps it was best that she not read the rest of that equally enlightening and disturbing account in the presence of the homicidal supercomputer. With a quick tap she switched the screen over from the Biography tab to the Function tab.

    "So let's see- Parse()... passive environmental analysis, mobile access privileges, heads-up display, yada yada... command console permissions?!? Red, find that!"

    Red remembered seeing a "Command" tab in the starting menu. She was certain this was what the Function was referring to, so she quickly back-tracked to it and soon found herself staring at a black screen above a keyboard-like interface.

    "With any luck, this'll work like the Terminals when we had Admin privileges- we could just tell the Transistor to make us a way back home!"
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by GLaDOS on Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:05 pm

    GLaDOS was remarkably good at hiding her mounting curiosity as her expression remained neutral. Perhaps this whole thing wasn't such a waste of time after all--if this whole thing really could get them home, then... perhaps she could risk her life to do it. She'd done it before, though in that case, she'd had nothing else to lose. Here, though, when there could be other options...

    Her optic saw the text and her fans and coolant systems immediately kicked into action to keep her from overheating in anger. That was Aperture's history that human was reading. That was information on her facility. If that got into the wrong hands, that would be dangerous for both her home... and for everyone involved.

    She had the command ready to retrieve her shockprod.

    "I would advise against bringing up that information again," she said lowly, faceplate low, optic narrow, "or you may not survive here long."

    But then the human found something more interesting, and her expression relaxed. "Or maybe not, if what he said is right. This is something we should test."
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by Red and the Transistor on Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:33 pm

    Although she did her best to hide it, Red was genuinely terrified of the GLaDOS by now. It was bad enough reading about how it had sent an entire facility's worth of scientists to the Country, but now it was threatening to do the same to her. Already she was beginning to make plans of attack in case it tried to make good on its threats, but if she could just use the Transistor to send it back where it came from, she wouldn't need to. Either way, she was at the ready to pull the Transistor back out of the ground even as she began typing at the console screen before her:

    000]Return home
    ERROR: Invalid command

    > Return to Cloudbank
    ERROR: Invalid command

    > Goto Cloudbank
    ERROR: Invalid command

    > Goto Highrise
    ERROR: Syntax error

    > Create link to Cloudbank
    ERROR: Syntax error

    > Create link to Highrise
    ERROR: Syntax error

    > Take us to Highrise
    ERROR: Command not recognized

    > Get us out of here damn you
    ERROR: Command not recognized

    > dfxfdggxrfxgdgh
    ERROR: Command not recognized]

    By this point Red was simply pounding away at the keyboard in frustration. This was her Transistor; the most powerful artifact in Cloudbank, the device that controlled the very fabric of the City's being- or at least theoretically gave her dominion over the force that did- and it was hers to command. So why wasn't it obeying her now when not two nights ago she could create an entire bridge- complete with decorative statuary of her and the man in the Transistor- out of nothing, with just the press of a button?

    "...maybe we should let her have a try?"

    Red didn't need a voice to shout WHAT?? at the Transistor and his stupid idea.

    "I know, I don't trust her that much either, but she seems to know a bit more about terminals and such and, frankly, we did just get this Function from her Trace, maybe it's styled after something she would recognize?"

    Red wanted to argue, to say something how she would rather just impale herself on the Transistor now and join him inside it rather than let that robotic psychopath so much as touch it even if it meant getting her home, but since she both couldn't speak and in fact did see his point somewhat, just rolled her eyes and turned the screen around to face the GLaDOS, sarcastically presenting it like a game show hostess would a new car, even as she kept a hand resting on its handle in case the machine tried anything it would regret.

    "So, wanna have a go at it? Don't worry, I'm pretty sure it's just the tip of this thing you need to worry about; what harm could a keyboard possibly do?"
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by GLaDOS on Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:05 pm

    GLaDOS watched with some amount of patience as the human typed various commands into the keyboard that had materialized in front of her--and as each one resulted in a few different error messages. Yes, of course it wouldn't be that easy to return home... she should have figured that much. It was a little frustrating to watch, however, since even she realized the relatively simple solution to this problem.

    At the not-AI's suggestion to let her try, her optic glowed a hint brighter. Well, that was one of the smarter things that thing had said today... She briefly added that to a list she'd begun compiling. It wasn't particularly long.

    When the human mockingly presented her with the keyboard, she merely stretched out two of her claws from the hover unit of her chassis. "Yes, I see it," she replied, looking over the screen for a moment before typing in a brief command:

    /help
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by Red and the Transistor on Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:40 pm

    Code:
    [> /help

     >"./Analyze  <function> - bring up the Analyze page for the named Function

        ./Run        <function> - execute named Function

        ./define  <objecttype> <objectname> : <paramname> -> <parameter> : (...)
                                     - define new Object with listed parameters

        ./construct <object> - create an Object

        ./destruct  <object> - destroy an Object

        ./edit        <object> <parameter> -> <new_param> - modify parameters of Object

        ./save       <object> - create Snapshot of Object

        ./rollback   <object> - reset Object to last Save state

        ./protect    <object> - toggle Protection on object

        ./mask      <user> - mask or unmask User

        ./format    -reset or modify area topography

        ./fork  <process> - create new instance of named Process

        ./limit <process> "0"/"1" - set Limiters on named Process to FALSE or TRUE

        ./return                         - ends all currently running Processes"]

    "...oh."

    Red couldn't bear to look the GLaDOS in the eye after that embarrassment.
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by GLaDOS on Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:19 pm

    GLaDOS quickly read over the list of functions that came up, her optic shining briefly in appreciation that the simple command had worked. At least that much of the technology between their worlds was similar. But since that was the case, why had the human not tried it?

    Her faceplate tipped downward for a moment as she fixed the human with an unimpressed look before going back to look over the commands. The human had been attempting to create a link to that 'Cloudbank' place she'd mentioned before--perhaps that could be done using some of the commands listed on the help menu? It was worth a shot--the worst that could happen was an error message. That decided, she typed onto the keyboard again:

    /construct link to Cloudbank
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by Red and the Transistor on Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:28 pm

    Code:
    ">/construct link to Cloudbank
     >ERROR: Invalid user- '/construct' not usable under guest user privileges"

    "...I guess it only works if Red does it."

    Already Red was snatching the control console from the GLaDOS and beginning to copy the command it had just used. With any luck this alone would be enough to get them home and put an end to all this madness.

    Code:
    ">/construct link to Cloudbank
     >REQUEST DENIED: Administrator permission required
     >Contact admin for assistance."

    "Or not."

    Red groaned loudly and buried her face in her hands, resting her shoulders on the keyboard that, fortunately, appeared solid enough to support her weight. So close and yet so far- it was like the Transistor was punishing them for not stopping the Process in time to save Cloudbank to begin with. Or was this the Process getting revenge somehow from within the Transistor? Either way it was working.

    "Wait a second, what's it mean 'contact admin'?"

    Red's gaze snapped back up at the screen- she hadn't paid much attention when she saw "REQUEST DENIED", but then she realized that all of the other rejected commands had said "ERROR". This was different! Even that third line she hadn't noticed before!

    "If Red controls the Transistor and the Board of Administrators is off in the Country, then why isn't she Admin? It's not like there's anyone else who could control the Transistor, right? Who could 'Administrator' possibly refer to here?"
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by GLaDOS on Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:55 pm

    Disappointingly, the command did not work; apparently she lacked the proper privileges for the action. Had this been any other device, GLaDOS would have simply played around to find a way around that, but given this was the device that had attempted to murder her just minutes ago, she held herself back. Toying with something that could lead to death was something she'd learned to avoid.

    She watched as the human attempted the command as well, only to be met by another error--if a different one. GLaDOS picked up on the altered text, but the not-AI was first to comment. GLaDOS's faceplate tipped downward in a scowl as she stared at the text. "I would assume the "Administrator" in this case would be Portal X, who supposedly runs this place. I have not encountered that particular being, however." She'd heard that that particular being was supposedly the one who had created the portals in the first place, but given how the people here had given completely wrong information before--such as nonsense about other "worlds" such as her own being destroyed--she didn't doubt the information on the so-called deity was inaccurate, too.

    Though she had heard how powerful this being was, and she did not have a death wish. Especially not when Aperture still needed her.
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    Re: Finding the Key

    Post by Red and the Transistor on Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:30 pm

    "'Portal X', huh? I don't suppose he makes appointments?"

    They didn't really think it would be that easy, but it didn't hurt to wonder. The Board of Administrators back in Cloudbank wasn't always that open with visitors either, but at least they had the OVC ballots to handle most problems or requests anyway.

    Red was growing rather irritated with the lack of progress they were making, but there had to be something they could do here. For now she decided to experiment with some of the simpler commands:

    Code:
    ">/run Crash("

    "Hey careful! I don't think you want to do that indoors..."

    Good point, that could have ended badly. She quickly backspaced and tried again:

    Code:
    ">/analyze Crash()"

    To their surprise, this one produced actual results. Almost immediately after she hit "Enter", the screen switched back over to a profile screen similar to the one that appeared for the GLaDOS, except in this case, it was Red's.

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