#59. Do a bit more planning.

14th Oct 2018, 7:28 PM

Do a bit more planning.
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Mochi on 14th Oct 2018, 7:28 PM

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You ask if it would be possible to loop the cameras. If you can loop a feed of the drones patrolling as normal, then Daisy wouldn't be able to tell that something is wrong hopefully until you're gone.

Taiki runs his fingers through his hair. "I don't think so," he says, "At least, not from here, I don't think. There are programs upstairs in the Ops rooms to review footage, and maybe I could find a way to patch it into the actual live feeds, but I have no idea. This is outside my area of expertise."

You ask about the program Pythia gave him. He shrugs. "I can mess with it for a bit and see if I can figure something out. Given what Pythia's done so far, I wouldn't put it past them to have snuck some kind of spoofing in there. Give me a few minutes."

He goes over and sits on the stairs, focusing on his Tim. You turn to Trin, and ask how the drones work, exactly. More specifically, how they report problems.

"There is central server," Trin replies, "sort of like hive-mind. If drone finds problem, or intruder, and if is too much for one to handle, it sends out request for assistance. Closest drones will respond as fast as possible. Depending on severity of problem, more or less drones will respond to it."

You ask if they send updates anywhere on a regular basis.

"Not unless there is problem," Trin replies. "If situation is normal, they follow assigned patrol until something stops them. Most often it is having to return to charge battery."

So, if you take out the two drones as quick as possible, they can't call for reinforcements?

"Is possible, yes," they reply with a nod. "ambush would work best."

You ask if they would send a request for assistance if they were investigating a noise.

"They would log investigation, and then usually follow-up within few minutes. Whether or not something was found. If there is no follow-up, depending on what investigation was about, system can decide if it is to be sending more to see what problem is."

Would it be possible to spoof that signal and tell the control system that everything is fine?

Trin's ear twitches, and they rub their chin. "You would need access to and knowledge of drone operating system."

You ask them if they know the system.

"I am knowing basic programming," they reply, "I could try it."

So, if the three of you can ambush the drones, and take them out quickly, it's possible that Trin could spoof a transmission to the control system saying the drones didn't find anything.

"I am making no promises," Trin replies, "but it is sounding like best option."

You ask Taiki how he's making out with the cameras.

His brow furrows. "I... I think I might be able to loop the feeds? Pythia seems to be better at hacking than, y'know, someone with zero experience. Maybe they'll... I dunno, predict we need help and then do it for us."

You haven't actually heard from Pythia since they said they were going to try and get you outside network access. It's possible they're still working on that, and might not realize that you could use their help now. You ask Taiki if there's a way to reply to their messages.

"There's no reply button on their messages," Taiki says, "just delete and save. And the bird, of course. I still don't know what that's about."

Mochi on 14th Oct 2018, 8:27 PM

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pkrankow on 14th Oct 2018, 9:25 PM

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How loud are typical doors here? If they open quiet, but close loud block the door or tape the latch as best, if they open loud then we need to open very carefully. Hopefully they open and close quietly.

Sounds like take one, then the other after getting to ambush locations...

Asrioth on 15th Oct 2018, 3:04 AM

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Good idea about keeping the door quiet.

If the spoofing of cameras and the all-clear message looks like it'll work then ambushing one then other drone sounds good.

Japster on 15th Oct 2018, 12:35 AM

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New plan: make something really heccin loud
Just somewhere else, or something so loud that it'll upset drones on multiple levels. Think: like a smoke screen, you know they are somewhere around there, the area is just way to big to cover.

Now that I think about this, it's not a good idea for right now, but maybe useful later.

pkrankow on 15th Oct 2018, 9:59 AM

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We should look into this for later. Store materials in the Tims as found...

Japster on 15th Oct 2018, 12:38 AM

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Idea: There is probably an intercom system. What if we hack that and play loud sounds to cover our movement

Asrioth on 15th Oct 2018, 3:05 AM

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Good idea, but maybe later as this would probably not help with stealth.

Asrioth on 15th Oct 2018, 3:09 AM

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Has Taiki tried interacting with the bird at all? Maybe that's Pythias way of showing that they can see the screen or the way of replying. Try typing out a message without sending it maybe Pythia will be able to see it.

pkrankow on 15th Oct 2018, 9:58 AM

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Good thinking about interacting with the message on the tim. We still don't know for sure how Pythia is interacting with us.

TetraWolf on 15th Oct 2018, 5:08 PM

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Check the cameras for more drones on this level, so we know how many we have to fight if this goes wrong. If these are the only two, then I say we take out the drone at the door and shoot the other one, there are PROBABLY more, but we can't forget that we don't just have the wrench.